If a politician is given a mandate by Hungarian voters, they must represent the Hungarian interest, Gergely Gulyás, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a regular press briefing, referring to the election of officials to commissions of the European Parliament. “National interests must be promoted in international organisations, too,” he said, insisting that his Fidesz party would “observe the consensus” even if “we did not find a communist, liberal, or green candidate eligible”.
Asked about remarks by Von der Leyen concerning her commitment to European values, Gulyás said that “we could fight together against those seeking to weaken Europe’s values” such as ethnic minority rights.
Concerning a call by a United Nations rapporteur that the Hungarian government should reconsider its decision to extend a state of crisis with regard to a migration pressure, Gulyás said that it was up to the interior ministry to come up with a proposal once the current crisis state term was over, which the government would consider. He added that the UN report “should be taken with reservations” because “the UN position on migration has been well-known”.