Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s outgoing foreign minister, has been appointed to be EU commissioner for education, culture, youth and citizenship on Wednesday. The appointment comes as a surprise as Navracsics was previously rumored to oversee the EU’s enlargement process.
Navracsics as new commissioner can draw on the work of the commission’s culture and education directorate as well as the employment, social affairs and social cohesion directorates and the statistical office Eurostat, an official statement said. He will also be in charge of liaising with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, and the foundation helping to improve work and living standards and the European Foundation for Training.
Hungary nominated Navracsics to serve as commissioner in the new European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker in July. Appointed as foreign minister of the new Orbán government in June, he announced his candidacy online on July 30 for one of the European posts, saying “Difficult job. Great honor.”
Meanwhile opposition parties have issued statements regarding the nomination. Democratic Coalition spokesperson Zsolt Gréczy said that Navracsics received the weakest position, while Együtt-PM thinks that the events clearly state that the Hungarian candidate is not taken seriously in the EU.
via hungarymatters.hu, MTI, photo: MTI / Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade