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Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has defended Hungarian MEP László Trócsányi, saying the issue of migration was behind the EP’s establishment of a conflict of interest related to his candidacy for EU commissioner.

On Thursday, the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) established that there was a conflict of interest between Trócsányi’s candidacy and law firm Nagy and Trócsányi’s receiving orders from the Hungarian state. In an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, Orbán praised Trócsányi as an internationally respected legal expert and experienced diplomat, calling him the “most qualified” candidate for European commissioner. “But he committed a crime” by helping the government protect Hungary from migration, Orbán said. It was with Trócsányi’s help that the government had drafted the legislation that prohibits anyone from entering Hungary’s territory illegally, without the proper documents, he added. “And they’re now rubbing his nose in it,” he said. Orbán said he had spoken with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, agreeing with her to wait for the legal committee to issue a written opinion on the matter. He said he is looking ahead on the matter and has “a second, a third and a fourth solution” ready.