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The “real crime” for which László Trócsányi, Hungary’s designate for EU commissioner, has been rejected by European Parliament’s legal affairs committee was that he “helped protect Hungary from migration”, the government communications centre said.

The EP’s “pro-migration” deputies, “won’t have a European Commissioner who closed down Hungary’s borders before the migrants”, the centre said in a statement. It noted that Trócsányi had been instrumental in passing legislation to prevent migrants from entering the country without travel documents.

Fidesz MEP József Szájer said Trócsányi had been the victim of “political lynching” by leftist members of the body, who “sought to punish him for protecting Hungarian citizens by creating the legal border seal”. He said that the committee had passed its decision behind closed doors and without a debate, “hiding behind a legal procedure”.

The European Parliament’s legal affairs committee confirmed its position that there is a conflict of interest between the commissioner post to which MEP Trócsányi has been designated and the activities of a law firm associated with him. The committee interviewed Trócsányi last Thursday and established the conflict of interest in a secret ballot. Trócsányi, a former justice minister, has been designated to lead the ‘Neighbourhood and Enlargement’ portfolio.