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Zoltán Kovács, the state secretary for international communications and relations, singled out European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans for his political role and opinions, which he added were not only problematic in terms of the European Parliament election campaign but also when it came to the workings of the commission itself. Timmermans, the left-wing’s spitzenkandidat for EC president, “is one of the most vocal advocates against Hungary for procedures that are obviously there for political reasons,” Kovács told a news conference. “Hungary is making its case because it thinks European Union institutions should not be allowed to be occupied by the left wing and Soros organisations,” he said, referring to billionaire George Soros.

In an international press conference, Kovács said that Soros, who had never received a democratic mandate, had made himself an active political actor, tripling his support for NGOs. Such organisations that back leftist political forces are gaining influence in Europe’s political life, he said.

Kovács said Hungary found it regrettable that European institutions were becoming the backdrop to a political campaign. Hopefully, he added, the May EP elections would result in the European Commission no longer remaining a political institution.