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Orbán cabinet calls for Timmermans to be withdrawn from EC during EP election campaign

Orbán cabinet calls for Timmermans to be withdrawn from EC during EP election campaign

The Hungarian government has called on the European Commission president to withdraw EC vice president Frans Timmermans, who is the spitzenkandidat of the Party of European Socialists, from the commission’s work for the duration of his active campaign to become commission president.

Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, addressed a letter to Jean-Claude Juncker, noting that the commission had been represented in the recent EP debate on the rule of law and fundamental rights in Hungary by Timmermans, its first vice-president.

“We regretted to see, however, that Mr. Timmermans, as a long-standing critic of Hungary, did not hesitate to use his intervention as an opportunity for his own electoral campaign echoing statements of the Hungarian leftist opposition,” Gulyás said in the letter.

He added that commissioners are expected to perform their duties “with complete independence, integrity, dignity, with loyalty and discretion,” in compliance with the commission’s Code of Conduct.

“We do believe that these principles shall be applied under any circumstances, especially during electoral campaigns.”

Gulyás noted that recent changes to the Code of Conduct do allow commission members to remain in office while campaigning but “politically biased behavior as was demonstrated during the debate should not be tolerated while carrying out his duties as a Commissioner,” he wrote.

The head of the prime minister’s office concluded his letter with a request for “the withdrawal of your first vice-president from the work of the Commission for the entire period of his active implication in the European election campaign by granting him an unpaid electoral leave.”

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Source: MTI

1 Comment

  1. Sander Driessen

    Being Dutch I have to say that some people have completely lost their minds (if any)! In Holland this man is called Timmerfrans. He is a member of the Dutch socialist party that has taken a huge loss during the last elections. They went down from 24 seats to only 6 seats and that is still too high. People don’t believe the socialist story and have enough of that person with his finger in the air. If there is one person that should keep his mouth than that must be Timmerfrans from Limbabwe. (A Dutch province in the south with the real name Limburg). If Franske is a fighter for ‘immigrants’ (on our expense of course!) than the following article can be of interest for him and we thank the Hungarian administration to keep their doors closed:
    In the ‘refugee’ camp on the Greek island of Lesbos there are ‘refugees’ from 58 countries. Hardly any of the 5,000 people who are accommodated on the former military grounds have a reason to flight. But almost everyone agrees: the destination is Germany. The refugee camp is sinking into the waste, the migrants do their needs between the containers or behind their own tents. The question arises: how is it possible that soldiers manage to live together in such a limited space without seeing that everything is like a rubbish dump and (North) Africans? The biggest problem, however, would be the violence that escalates again and again. Between the different nations it comes to fights, conflicts are immediately resolved physically. The European solution to this problem? – it is precisely these people who fail to maintain order in their own homes, who immediately react aggressively in the event of conflict, should not be deported but should be taken to the mainland where they would then go under the cuddling justice and can enjoy the Merkel multiculti. Thanks to Timmerfrans and his friends!

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