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Hungarian MEPs Tamás Deutsch and Kinga Gál (ruling Fidesz) as well as István Ujhelyi (Socialist) have been elected vice chairpersons of committees of the European Parliament. According to an EP statement, Deutsch has been appointed fourth vice chairman of the budgetary control committee, Gál has been given the post of second vice chairperson of the security and defence policy committee, while Ujhelyi is third vice chair of the transport and tourism committee.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, government spokesman István Hollik slammed Hungary’s opposition MEPs for their attempts to block the ruling alliance’s MEPs from obtaining leadership positions on the committees. Speaking to reporters in Budapest, Hollik called the situation “unprecedented”, accusing the “pro-migration Hungarian opposition” of acting against the will of the Hungarian people and national interests. The spokesman accused the MEPs of the Democratic Coalition, the Socialists and the Momentum Movement of “openly scheming” to prevent the appointment of the ruling parties’ MEPs to committee leadership positions. He said that by doing so, the opposition was “going against the will and representation of the Hungarian people”. Hollik noted that in the May EP elections, Hungarians had voted to give the majority of the country’s European parliamentary seats to the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, which won 53% of the vote. He said that Fidesz-KDNP’s 13 seats had earned them a total of five committee vice-chair nominations within the European People’s Party.