Appointment of Hungary’s Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Hungary's European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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László Trócsányi - a former justice minister in Hungary and elected member of the European Parliament - was formally announced on 9 September 2019 by the President of the European Commission as Hungary's appointment for the College of Commissioners. His portfolio was known on the following day.

His poor record on issues relating to rule of law - in many aspects due to legislation overseen by Mr Trócsányi - was predicted by analysts as subject to thorough grilling by the European Parliament's relevant committees before endorsement. However, on 24 September the Parliament's legal affairs committee announced it would not support his nomination due to concerns relating to his financial statements. Despite criticism, the Hungarian government eventually replaced Mr Trócsányi with Olivér Várhelyi as candidate to the College of Commissioners on 30 September.

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Commentary and Analysis
Hungary Today, 30/08/2019: Trócsányi’s Way Not Paved to the European Commission?
Balkan Insight, 11/09/2019: Hungary’s Celebrations Over Enlargement Post May Prove Premature
Balkan Insight, 13/09/2019: Trocsanyi Nomination Shows Something is Rotten in the Commission
ECFR: Commentary, 17/09/2019: A win for Orbán? Hungary and the new European Commission
EurActiv, 18/09/2019: Is von der Leyen on course to ease tensions with Hungary?

The Guardian, 08/09/2019: Viktor Orbán’s choice for EU commissioner faces 'rough ride'
Balkan Insight, 10/09/2019: Hungarian EU Commissioner Nominee ‘Undermined Rule of Law’
Hungary Today, 10/09/2019: Trócsányi Would Get Desired Enlargement Portfolio in EC
EurActiv, 01/10/2019: After setback, Hungary offers its EU ambassador for Commissioner
Politico, 01/10/2019: Hungary names EU ambassador as new Commission nominee
Balkan Insight, 01/10/2019: Hungary Proposes New EU Commissioner After Trocsanyi Rejection
Hungary Today, 01/10/2019: PM Orbán Proposes New Commissioner Designate after Von Der Leyen Initiates to Replace Trócsányi

Hungarian Government: News, 13/09/2019: In László Trócsányi Hungary has nominated a magnificent candidate to the European Commission

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