Government reshuffles are a norm in European democracies after elections, but mid-term changes in top posts are usually a sign of change in direction for a government department. According to media reports, Justice Minister Judit Varga is to be replaced in her post and reassigned to become the head of the government party, Fidesz’ European Parliament delegation.
The daily newspaper Magyar Nemzet has learned that Judit Varga, Minister of Justice, will lead the Fidesz-KDNP European Parliament list in the 2024 EP elections. The Minister, who recently finalized the adoption of the justice package and the December agreement with the European Commission, and is currently working on preparing Hungary’s EU presidency due in the second half of 2024, will be given a new task in the near future.
Sources close to the government confirmed that
Justice Minister Judit Varga will play an active role in the European campaign, and will work to strengthen conservative forces.
The politician has been Justice Minister in the fourth Orbán government since 2019, and in previous years she represented Hungary in Brussels and Strasbourg. From 2009, Judit Varga worked for nine years as a political advisor in the European Parliament, where she was a member of MEP János Áder’s team for three years. During her years in Brussels and Strasbourg, Judit Varga gained in-depth knowledge of the EU institutions and legislation, and in 2018, on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, former President János Áder appointed her as State Secretary for EU Relations.
The incumbent (C) EU delegation leader, László Trócsányi, and the successor (L), Judit Varga. Photo: Facebook Varga Judit
On 11 July 2019, on the proposal of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, she was appointed Minister of Justice, replacing László Trócsányi, who left for Brussels, and was also appointed to represent the EU in the justice portfolio.
Judit Varga, an experienced lawyer, is also a mother of three children, and is fluent in English, French and German, and conversational in Spanish. According to Forbes Magazine, she was the third most influential female public figure in Hungary in 2020. There are no reports yet as who should replace her in her position after the 2024 elections.
Featured Photo: Facebook Varga Judit