The Hungarian opens the way into the EU
September 28 2019 | Belgrade
Appointment of the Hungarian representative for EU Enlargement Commissioner would be the wind at Serbia’s back on its European path, regardless of whether the position will be taken by László Trócsányi after his “make-up exam” or another candidate. Belgrade is therefore closely following what will be the outcome of the decision the EP Committee on Legal Affairs made two days ago in Brussels that Trócsányi was not a suitable candidate because of a potential conflict of interest.
According to Minister of European Integration Jadranka Joksimović “the EP Committee on Legal Affairs’ decisions on rejecting Hungarian candidate Trócsányi and Romanian candidate for transport Rovana Plumb for commissioners in the future European Commission due to conflict of interest is an absolute precedent in the EU practice so far”.
– Although I would not want to get into a more elaborate analysis of the decision, the fact is that there is vagueness regarding further steps and procedures and that EC President Ursula von der Leyen’s reaction is anticipated. It is indisputable that Hungary and Romania will not lose the right to have their own commissioners in the future EC, regardless of whether they will keep the nominated candidates or propose new ones. I expect that both portfolios will be kept by these countries, but we will see how the situation will unfold – said Joksimović for Novosti.
– Further procedure will be carried out based on consultations between Von der Leyen and EP President David Sassoli, according to the interpretation of the EP Rules of Procedure and political consultations between political groups in the European Parliament.
Joksimović has stated that Serbia as a candidate country expects that the latest situation will not affect the enlargement portfolio. “I also expect that both portfolios will be kept by these countries, but we will see how the situation will unfold”.