At Thursday’s hearing, the European Parliament’s legal committee (JURI) rejected the Hungarian government’s candidate for commissioner in charge of neighborhood policy and EU enlargement László Trócsányi, over concerns about potential conflicts of interest. However, it seems that it is still not a lost cause as it is likely that the hearing will be repeated on Monday. According to the information of Hungarian leftist daily Népszava, the President of the European Parliament asked the JURI committee to reconsider their decision on the Hungarian (and Romanian) candidate.
Yesterday, JURI established that there is a conflict of interest between Trócsányi’s candidacy for EU commissioner and his law firm Nagy and Trócsányi’s receiving of mandates from the Hungarian state, JURI vice-chairman Sergey Lagodinsky told reporters in Brussels on Thursday. Lagodinsky revealed that 11 members of the body voted against and 9 supported that the foreign affairs committee of the EP should hear Trócsányi.
MEPs Reject Hungarian EC-candidate Trócsányi over ‘Conflict of Interest’
However, following the hearing, spokesman for President David Sassoli wrote in a Twitter post that JURI will meet again Monday morning. According to Népszava, the written opinion of the commission on the two politicians, which was sent to the President of the EP, has not met the requirements because it did not clarify the concerns of MEPs and did not clearly formulate their proposals. According to the article, the vote on the incompatibility of the two candidates may be repeated on Monday.
Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday that the reason behind the JURI committee’s decision on Hungarian MEP László Trócsányi’s candidacy for EU commissioner because of a conflict of interest, was that the former justice minister had helped protect Hungary from migration.
Orbán: Trócsányi’s ‘Crime’ Was Helping Protect Hungary from Migration