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Green opposition LMP will field a list of its own candidates for the upcoming European Parliamentary election, with former MP Gábor Vágó at the top, party officials said on Saturday.

Members are discussing at the congress campaigns for the Hungarian local council elections in the autumn as well as launching the campaign for the EP election in May, marking the party’s tenth anniversary and laying out its strategy until 2022, party co-leader László Lórant Keresztes said.

Keresztes told a press conference that the congress has established guidelines for cooperation during the campaign for local council elections. In order to bring about “real change” and promote the party’s environmental policy, local units of LMP are open to cooperate with any organisations other than the ruling parties and the radical nationalist Mi Hazánk (Our Homeland) movement, he said.

Gábor Vágó, the leader of LMP’s EP list Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI

Keresztes said that LMP sees conservative Jobbik’s shift towards becoming a people’s party as authentic. As a consequence, anti-Semitic utterances have been brought to light, he added.

Thomas Waitz, the Austrian board member of the European Green Party, also attended the conference. At the press conference with Keresztes, he welcomed LMP’s clear green policy for the EP campaign. Europe has to unite to find an answer to climate change, he said.

Asked to comment on LMP’s cooperation with Jobbik, Waitz conceded to having criticisms of Jobbik but said that parties facing a two-thirds majority in parliament have to cooperate. He also spoke about Jobbik’s transformation.

On the featured photo: LMP co-leader Márta Demeter, Gábor Vágó and LMP co-leader László Lórant Keresztes. Photo by Zsolt Szigetváry/MTI