Prime Minister Viktor Orbán welcomed Trócsányi’s selection as the European Union’s commissioner-designate for neighbourhood and enlargement, saying the bloc’s enlargement was a “great and beautiful task … and Hungarians like such tasks”.
As a seasoned politician who “understands the essence of Europe”, Trócsányi is well suited to help aspiring EU members to “take over European rules, norms and values”, he said. The EU faces a number of challenges, and the integration of the Western Balkans is among the most important for Hungarians, Orbán added.
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Trócsányi said the position would be a great honour both for him for and Hungary. “Enlargement and neighbourhood policy are especially important areas which have an impact on the everyday lives of European citizens,” he said in a statement.
“At my hearing in the European Parliament, I will pledge to do everything in my power to fully live up to this important role”, Trócsányi said, adding he would make use of his experiences in diplomacy and international relations.
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The European Parliament must give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners after hearings of the commissioners-designate in parliamentary committees. Once the EP has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the EC.
In the featured photo: PM Viktor Orbán celebrating Fidesz’s general elections win in 2018 with László Trócsányi (on the right). Photo by Szilárd Koszticsák/MTI