According to Katalin Novák, Fidesz’ vice-president for foreign relations, the party does not have to leave the European People’s Party to realize PM Orbán’s idea and form the construction that he raised in his letter to Manfred Weber, namely that Fidesz MEPs would remain part of the EPP party family, but in a looser form of cooperation.
Novák talked to Hungarian television channel ATV briefly about the proposal concerning Fidesz MEPs’ membership in the EPP. As we also reported yesterday, the Prime Minister wrote a letter to the leader of the People’s Party faction on Monday proposing a new type of cooperation between the Fidesz EP delegation and the parliamentary group of the European People’s Party (EPP). The letter suggested that the representatives of Fidesz would remain in the EPP faction, but in a looser form of cooperation. According to Orbán, this would also be a solution to the problem that while Fidesz was suspended within the party family with “common will” last March, its members could still remain in the People’s Party faction.
However, as leftist daily Népszava writes, the partnership proposed by Orbán is only possible for members of the EPP’s European Parliament group who do not belong to the European People’s Party. So Fidesz would first have to leave the political community of the Christian Democrats in order for their MEPs to be able to enter into a cooperation agreement with the group. In addition, they would have to agree to the strict conditions for accession to the party family, such as agreeing with the democratic values professed by the EPP, as well as agreeing to follow the norms of the rule of law.
However, according to Novák, Fidesz does not have to leave the People’s Party to realize PM Orbán’s idea. Fidesz’s vice-president for foreign relations also responded to EPP President Donald Tusk‘s view that Fidesz did not fit into the People’s Party. Novák said in response that “unlike Tusk, we are on the side of peace.”
Meanwhile, an MEP of the ruling parties, speaking anonymously with liberal news portal 24.hu, said that for a year and a half it had been a question of what would happen with Fidesz and the European People’s Party. There were several scenarios discussed, including the scenario where everything remains the same, leaving the EPP, and even to sit with the Conservatives next to the Polish; everything came up.
According to the Fidesz MEP, even now the decision will depend on several factors, and the potential exclusion of the head of the Fidesz delegation, Tamás Deutsch, only plays a smaller role in it. The representative also said that there was no discussion in the political group about Orbán’s letter to Weber. According to them, it has only been discussed by the Prime Minister in advance with Fidesz EP delegation head Tamás Deustch.
featured photo: Katalin Novák’s Facebook page