Brussels, October 3 (MTI) – Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s European commissioner nominee, has received six new questions from European Parliamentary groups, according to people in the EP who asked not to be named.
The questions to Navracsics, two each, are from members of the centre-right European People’s Party, the liberals and the eurosceptics.
Navracsics was grilled by members of EP committees on Wednesday and has been asked to reappear for a further hearing next week.
The questions range from topics including financing for the EU programme for European citizenship and opportunities inherent in the Bologna education policy programme (put forward by the EPP’s group) to issues surrounding Hungary’s media law and recent changes to the country’s education system (Liberals – ALDE group).
The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy fraction, for its part, wants to know whether Navracsics can “officially and publicly state that in their original draft (which you inspired) reforms to the Hungarian media and justice system were not in line with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and accordingly, “you are ready to publicly condemn them” and distance yourself from the stances of the ruling Fidesz party, the Hungarian government, as well as Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The eurosceptic party also asked about the possibilities of financing education infrastructure in a period of austerity.