Gergely Gulyás noted that Várhelyi has been approved as the commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, adding that this would be “the most important” portfolio assigned to Hungary since the country joined the bloc in 2004. Hungary expects the new EC to fix its “botched migration policy” and seek consensus rather than conflict on this issue. The new commission should also pursue a new direction in economic policy, strive for good and fair relations with world powers and bolster the protection of the European way of life, he said at a regular press briefing. He insisted that Hungarian government nominees had been undermined by “pro-migration groups backed by [US financier] George Soros”. “Though Soros and his darlings did everything they could to prevent the government’s nominee from becoming a member of the commission, their attempts ultimately failed,’ Gulyás said.