The Visegrad countries want an EC president who will promote cooperation and compromises between east and west, Orbán said in an interview to the V4NA news agency.
On Sunday, the EPP decided that Timmermans “could in no way be EC president” and that the EPP should delegate somebody to the post, even if that person is other than Weber, Orbán said. He added that those decisions were not reported in the international press. Since the EPP cannot have two positions, it “will have to choose the EC (president)”, he added.
According to Orbán, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Luxembourg’s MEP Frank Engel voted against those two decisions; “everybody else voted against Merkel”. Merkel “did not accept” the decisions and went on proposing that Weber should be made European Parliament president and Timmermans EC president, in cooperation with the liberals and Socialists, he said. Merkel’s rejecting the EPP’s decisions and “having a completely different scenario” is “grave”, the prime minister said.
Italy, the V4, and other prime ministers, however, “rejected Merkel’s attitude” and “prevented Timmermans from being made EC president”, Orbán said. “When it turned out that a majority decision cannot be made, the session was suspended; everybody is now waiting and negotiating, waiting for the session to resume tomorrow,” Orbán said.
“I do hope that the EPP group will send us a clear message outlining the post we should fight for; I hope that post will be that of the commission president rather than the European Parliament head,” Orbán said, adding that negotiations into the night would hopefully result in a “compromise which is acceptable both in terms of party politics and geographical location”.