The “only correct path” for the next president of the European Commission is “to do everything to protect the external borders of the European Union”, Hungarian MEP Tamás Deutsch said in the European parliamentary hearing of Ursula von der Leyen, the candidate for the post, on Tuesday.
The European Union must stop migration through control of the external borders, respect national identities under the EU treaties, and continue subsidies to central and eastern union members at the current level, Deutsch, a deputy of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz, said.
“We expect the new head of the European Commission to appreciate and support efforts by members aimed at protecting the community’s external borders,” he said.
Deutsch said that the EU’s regional and rural development funds, and direct farm subsidies were “investments aimed at regional cohesion” rather than “alms to less developed member states”. The next budget of the EU “should not punish but support central Europe” whose countries are “developing and closing the gap at a higher than average rate”, he insisted.
Katalin Cseh, MEP of the Momentum party, called on the EU to “stop overlooking the Hungarian prime minister’s populism”. She insisted that the community should step up against “those working to destroy the EU” and ensure that the EU “is a unified, prosperous and safe community based on (shared) values”.
Jobbik MEP Marton Gyöngyösi said that the candidate’s being interviewed in the EP indicates that the EU “has not learnt from the earlier mistakes” and “fails to take into consideration” the community’s opinion on the spitzenkandidat system.
“European voters are disappointed; they want a more credible, democratic and more transparent EU”, he said.
“Many find Von der Leyen unacceptable as European Commission president candidate,” he added.
Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi voiced support for Von der Leyen’s programme on a community site, but added that he disagreed with the way she had been nominated.
DK’s board took the decision in response to the party’s online vote with the majority of over 50,000 respondents asking for Von der Leyen’s support, Zsolt Gréczy told a press conference.
He said the decision also had political grounds, namely the outline Von der Leyen gave about her programme in the EP earlier in the day.
It reflected much of DK’s policies including the concept of a united states of Europe, as well as introducing a uniform European minimum wage and child support scheme, fair taxing of multinational companies and supporting climate protection goals, Gréczy said.
Von der Leyen pledged to urge strict sanctions against national governments that take measures violating the rule of law, he said.
Gréczy welcomed the candidate’s further pledge “to be tough fighting against anyone who wants to weaken or disintegrate Europe.
“This is nothing less but a declaration of war on Hungary’s prime minister and his ruling Fidesz party,” he said.