Europe needs a strong European People’s Party (EPP) and the EPP in turn needs a strong Fidesz, Hungarian Justice Minister László Trócsányi, the ruling party’s top candidate for the upcoming European parliamentary election, told German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview published on Sunday. Trócsányi voiced hope that the EPP’s meeting on Fidesz’s membership, scheduled on March 20, “will make a wise decision, one that is favourable for Fidesz”.
Regarding the government’s billboard campaign featuring European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and American financier George Soros, one of the issues at the root of the debate, Trócsányi said that “we were not attacking Juncker’s person but the bad decisions made by the thought leaders in the EC.” The EC, he said, has in recent years acted “as a political commission” although its role should be to preserve the “spirit of European treaties” and to follow the guidelines of the European Council, he said. “Instead, we see the influence of the council waning and the EC attempting to define policies,” he said.
Regarding administrative courts, which will start operation in Hungary as a separate branch of the judiciary in January next year, Trócsányi said that although the justice minister will appoint the judges, his competencies are limited. The system has built-in checks and balances “that make it impossible for the minister to act arbitrarily,” he said.