With the suspension of ruling Fidesz’s membership in the European People’s Party, the party has lost its lobbying power in the European Union, Bertalan Tóth, the leader of the opposition Socialist Party, said. “Whichever way it is interpreted”, Fidesz can no longer exercise its rights within the largest party group of the European Parliament, the body that makes decisions on the EU budget and elects leaders of the European Commission, he said. Both Hungary and its government have lost out, as the country has a vested interest in access to the EU funds supporting Hungarian companies and families, he said.
“So the only force left to represent Hungary’s interests from now is the Socialist Party, within its own party family, the Party of European Socialists,” he said. Hungary could either leave the European Union or be expelled from it, he added. “That is why it is important for Hungarian voters to cast their ballots on pro-European forces in the forthcoming EP elections.”
The Socialist and Párbeszéd parties will disclose their joint list for the election on Saturday, Tóth said. Párbeszéd MEP Benedek Jávor will feature in third place on the list, and will also be the “face” of the alliance’s environmental campaign, Tóth said.