The opposition Democratic Coalition (DK) will turn to the European Commission in order to prevent the appointment of “(Chief Prosecutor) Péter Polt’s right-hand man” to head of the Kuria, Hungary’s supreme court, a party MEP said on Saturday.
Sándor Rónai told an online press conference on Facebook that “after the occupation of the chief prosecutor’s office, the Orbán government is trying to have Zsolt András Varga, Peter Polt’s right-hand man, to head the Kuria”.
“Neither we, nor Europe should watch without intervention the Orbán government violating all principles of the rule of law and the separation of the branches of power, trying to make a Fidesz prosecutor get power over the supreme court,” he said.
He said the EC had the right to call on the Hungarian government to “suspend an appointment which is in the style of a party-state”.
The party will also inform the Venice Commission about the developments, he added. Rónai said Varga had “a thousand ties to Péter Polt and Fidesz” and he had already been “a part of the Orbán regime when, during its first term in government, the prosecutor’s office let Fidesz criminals run free”. Varga was nominated by President János Áder on Monday, to succeed Péter Darák effective Jan. 1, 2021. Parliament’s judiciary committee approved his nomination on Thursday, while the National Council of the Judiciary (OBT) rejected his nomination the next day.