Ujhelyi: State leaders representing political idiocy must be put under pressure!

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bolsonThere is a growing expectation from the European Union to take meaningful action against irresponsible state licensors of insane Brazilian deforestation. The French President and the German Chancellor have already made it clear that, if necessary, the EU-South American trade agreement would be blocked if the Brazilian leadership, instead of protecting the rain forests that are the lungs of our planet, continued to support the eradication of the Amazonian jungles.
As a Member of the European Parliament, two days ago, I called on my fellow MEPs for similar resistance in a statement when I made it clear that the above mentioned FTA will soon be before the EP, but no MEP can wholeheartedly support it until Brazil gives real guarantees to put an end to the outrageous and inhumane deforestation. Enough of tender measures, state leaders representing political idiocy must be put under pressure! Let’s face it: by now, barely seven percent of our planet is covered by rainforests, which absorb one third of the greenhouse gases we emit. Even though right-wing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro obliged his government to reduce illegal logging to zero under the Paris Climate Convention, instead he openly supports deforestation (dozens of football field-sized areas are wasted daily, just so that only Orbán gets it, too) stating that climate change is a hoax, and Brazil’s economic growth cannot be hindered by some sort of environmental awareness issue.
The same right-wing politician also said that one solution to environmental sustainability would be for people to go to the toilet only every two days. Seriously. He was not kidding. And these illiberal political idiots do not even realize they are destroying everything. And for the sake of historical facts, one more thing: there were only a dozen countries represented at the inauguration of the Brazilian head of state, Jair Bolsonaro, who has made homophobic statements, talked about “purging” among his political opponents, hassles NGOs and legitimizes police violence. One of the few was the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán with whom he patted each other’s illiberal shoulders as dear friends, emphasizing how much, how very much, they agreed on migration.  It was also an “important point of identical values,” as they later stated, that Brazil also withdrew from the UN migration package.
In the spring, government news reported that Brazilian President Bolsonaro would return the gesture and visit his great friend Viktor Orbán in person this year. If this is indeed the case, in the interest of our Planet Earth, we expect the Hungarian Prime Minister to condemn deforestation in the strongest possible terms and urge his Brazilian friend to comply with the climate agreement and make it clear that Hungary will not support a free trade agreement until there are real guarantees from the Brazilian side for the restoration of environmental consciousness. If all they can do again is business, mindless migration-bashing and manly shoulder rubbing, he better not come at all.
   
dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
25 August, 2019

After Tourism, There May be Sectoral Minimum Wage in Healthcare too!

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644_ujhelyi02There is no guarantee of safe patient care in Hungary. This is a serious statement made directly by the President of the Hungarian Medical Chamber.
Due to the emigration of doctors and the policy of the Hungarian government treating health as a tertiary area, the situation of healthcare has become untenable in Hungary. In fact, let’s just say that today it represents an actual risk to national security. A few days ago, I addressed a written question to the European Commissioner responsible for the area, drawing attention to the serious situation of Hungarian healthcare and strongly advocated the introduction of a European minimum health service guaranteeing patient safety and the support of the introduction of a minimum wage, also part of our European program.
The answer of the EU Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, is clear and unambiguous. The member of the European Commission declared that “the right to quality, timely and affordable healthcare is a fundamental principle of the European pillar of social rights.” He added that the latest EC report on Hungary clearly indicates that Hungary’s “healthcare ratings are worse than in most other EU Member States, reflecting partly unhealthy lifestyles and partly the limited efficiency of healthcare.” He also noted that there are significant socio-economic disparities in access to quality care, which is due to the system that healthcare costs are largely borne by users. Andriukaitis pointed out that the Hungarian government had received a number of proposals recommending support of preventive health measures and the strengthening of primary care.
In response to my question, the EU Commissioner also pointed out that the future President of the EC, Ursula von der Leyen, supported the principle of a national minimum wage and “fully acknowledged” that setting a minimum wage, including for healthcare professionals, “is the responsibility of Member States and social partners.” In other words, the introduction of the minimum health wage in Hungary depends primarily on the decision and common sense of the Orbán-government. The latter is particularly important because in the tourism sector the Hungarian government is ready to introduce a “guaranteed sector wage minimum”, precisely because of the “permanently critical labour force situation.” It is, of course, up for debate that in a market sector such as tourism, to what degree a fixed state minimum wage would stifle small businesses and thereby serve the interests of oligarchic investor circles, or why it would be more appropriate to reduce the burden of labour taxes in the sector, but undoubtedly something has and had to be done about that the problem of severe labour shortages.
However, while the fate of the tourism sector is so important for the head of government and his relatives, it would be appropriate for the health situation, which also suffers from a shortage of professionals, to be equally important to them. The introduction of the minimum wage in the health sector proposed in our European program – which would guarantee a minimum wage of HUF 1.5 million for doctors, and 750,000 a month for trainee medical staff and nurses – would ensure that the current life-threatening healthcare conditions would improve in the short term.
I therefore call on the Minister for Human Resources Miklós Kásler and the head of the finance ministry Mihály Varga to propose a minimum wage in the health sector, similar to the sectoral minimum wage to be introduced in tourism! They keep saying that Hungary comes first to them. It’s time to prove it.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
18 August, 2019

Microsoft-gate: Orbán’s Corruption Not to Remain without Consequences!

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15564Dozens of corruption cases, abuses, and outright illegitimacy could be listed from recent times that, under democratic rule of law, would result in chasing away the government mafia in power and the imprisonment of the thieves of public funds.
But ours is no longer a democratic state and even less so a place under the rule of law, and prosecution has long been a parody of itself. There are countless cases of corruption that, for now, they believe they have successfully covered up, straightened out from public money and swept under the carpet. However, the Microsoft scandal that reaches Fidesz’ top circles is much more than that. They are trying to distract people from it throwing rubber bones, but this time around, it is really very awkward. It is a perfect example of the National Cooperation System’s operation carried out by spineless thieves and a clear demonstration of why Hungary’s resources will be reduced, or at least subject to strict conditions, in the EU.
The rule of law, or even the condition of joining the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, is not a “pro-immigration-Sorosist” conspiracy, but rather a statement: they shall not allow “hey there, Sir” type bumpkins to steal EU money contributed to public funds. Microsoft-gate in a normal rule of law would already bring about the fall of the government and the imprisonment of major players, but in our illiberal state, the orange prosecution is still trying its best to delay things. But it cannot do this for long. The case is crystal clear, moreover, the US authorities have already conducted the necessary investigations and the procedure is underway at European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), too, no matter what Péter Polt’s puppet theatre does. It has come to light that between 2013 and 2015, in many cases, in consultation with Hungarian government officials, Microsoft sold licenses and service contracts at an unreasonable discount to brokerage firms, which then sold them to government agencies at market rates; obviously with billions in profits.
According to the published data, even the police and the tax authorities were involved in public procurement financed from EU funds, the latter being led by Ildikó Vida, known from the US ban scandal. And – what a surprise! – the IT procurements of the National Tax and Customs Authority were led by Péter Tiborcz, who is not quite accidentally is the brother of the non-business man-head of government’s businessman-son-in-law. The US investigation also revealed an exchange of specific messages, in one of which an employee of Microsoft’s Hungarian subsidiary assures the headquarters of the US firm that they have obtained all government approvals for the deal, including that of the prime minister. The only other minor detail is that the brokerage firm supplying the National Police Headquarters later merged with the share company, which, what a surprise, is now owned by Lőrinc Mészáros.
And if that wasn’t enough, let’s add that after the American investigation found corruption, many executives from the Hungarian parent company were suddenly removed. Some, however, fell on soft ground: for example, Microsoft’s former head of government businesses was a ministerial commissioner at the Prime Minister’s Office for a long time, while the head of the Hungarian subsidiary fired during the scandal first became vice president for business development at the National Investment Agency and now he is member of the board at Est Média handling large scale digital investments. Ah well, the world is small, hard to find professionals these days. And finally, another little delicacy: in 2012, one of Microsoft’s US executives, Kevin Turner, was personally received by Viktor Orbán, and as a result of the meeting, the then loud anti-multinational Fidesz government was quick and eager to obediently sign a strategic agreement with the company.
All the pieces of the puzzle are in place: corruption is roaring, investigations are factual, only the specific perpetrators and fair accountability are missing. Nobody should believe that just because everything in Illiberal Disneyland can be hushed up, it will have no medium to long-term consequences. We will all be victims if they curb the support we are entitled to. We will now be discussing and shaping the next seven-year EU budget, and the extent and availability of resources will largely depend on the image we show of ourselves. Viktor Orbán and Fidesz shows this image. The portrait hall of a petty mafia that is too lazy to even try to cover up its rotten nature.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
11 August, 2019

Climate Catastrophe? What’s it cost?

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15540Former Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and former Director-General of the ‘Institute for Migration Research’ Balázs Orbán writes that “Conservatives must take green politics back from the left.” What a perfect sentence! A clear example of the way Fidesz and its service staff think.
About anything, really, but this time, about climate sustainability and environment protection. “They have to take it back.” They have to take it away and own it. Everything is measured against this, they qualify everything along these lines: “mine” or someone else’s. End of.
As if environmental consciousness and concern for the fate of our planet were possible to monopolise and possess. For heaven’s sake, Deputy Minister, avoiding climate catastrophe and creating sustainability is our common human issue, not political capital that can be measured in kilograms. It is a matter of fair and responsible cooperation and action; but I see that among other things you lot are lacking in integrity and responsibility alike.
Let us take a look at the bare facts, shall we? At the June EU summit, the Orbán-government was the only one to veto the EU’s 2050 deal on climate neutrality. Fidesz argued that they would only support environmental goals if they knew in advance how much EU funding would be allocated for the modernisation of the industry. Money yet again. This really is all that matters to them. They’ll protect the environment, just let us pay them a lot first! You know, dear Fidesz people, the climate crisis cannot be stopped by fences or national consultation.
The raging storms and droughts of the future cannot be starved in the transit zone and then deported to other countries. Nor can the suffocating degrees Celsius be distributed among the Member States by quota. This is not a game, damn it! July this year was officially the hottest month ever on Earth! And you really are wondering how to “take green politics back” from left-wing political forces? You don’t have to take it back, you have to represent it! Of course, it will be really difficult if in the interim Fidesz MEPs will vote against everything in the European Parliament, which would improve environmental sustainability. Just as most recently, when we decided on a resolution to protect clean air, and Fidesz MEPs declined to stop air pollution coming from transport, agriculture and the energy sector. Which, incidentally, causes the death of at least ten thousand people every year in Hungary, indirectly. But for them, the interests of German multinationals were more important. Money, again.
And one more small but important thing for the attention of government supporters. The Orbán-government’s attitude towards our environmental public affairs is perfectly illustrated by the fact that green policy is not managed at ministerial level but only at state secretarial level. Moreover, while environmental protection is part of the agriculture portfolio, climate protection is the responsibility of one of the state secretaries of the Ministry of Innovation. By contrast, there is no other government in the Member States of the European Union, with the only exception of brexiting UK, without a separate ministry to coordinate environmental sustainability. What is more, there are two countries where, due to its complexity, several ministries share the responsibility of dealing with this issue.
Knowing the way the National Cooperation System of Orbán has worked so far, I am aware and understand that for Fidesz everything revolves around money. All that matter to them are things that make or can be turned into money. I became a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment because, also as a father of several children, I understand that preventing a climate catastrophe is indeed the most important task of our time. It is not a matter of satisfying the hunger for politically possessing this issue.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
4 August, 2019

IPro-European Hungarian Opposition Roundtable Protects Direct Interests of Hungarian People in EU

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enap4The Hungarian Opposition Roundtable was formed with the co-operation of all the eight Hungarian opposition MEPs, said István Ujhelyi, the main initiator of the alliance in the program Straightforward Talk on channel ATV on Wednesday evening.

The purpose and activity of the Roundtable is to represent the real and everyday problems of Hungarian people in the European Parliament; to fight for them in a credible and pro-European way. “I convinced my colleagues, the eight opposition MEPs, who are from 4 parties and sit in 3 different groups in the European Parliament. This means that if we have common issues that are important to us, in which we believe we can counterbalance the anti-European policy of Orbán, we should consult each other. There was no such thing in the previous cycle,” Ujhelyi said. The Roundtable shall coordinate efforts and positions on important issues on a weekly basis, he said. Concerning cooperation with the European Commission and its new leader, Ursula von der Leyen, he recalled that she had made several promises to the various parliamentary groups: “Ursula von der Leyen visited various groups on Monday in Strasbourg. She promised everything left and right, whatever each group wanted to hear. For our Socialist Group, she threw in her social sensitivity, the cocept of a social Europe, the European minimum wage program that is the program Timmermans and the European Socialists.”
Asked about the continuation, the MEP responded: “I say (…) that the President of the Commission will come back to the European Parliament in September-October with her Commission list, names, division of tasks and a program. If I will appreciate this and agree, I might yes to the Commission this time around.” However, István Ujhelyi indicated that he would only vote for the Commission if von der Leyen was to take into account the demands of the eight opposition MEPs formed as a result of the meetings on issues of importance to Hungary. One example for such an issue is providing direct resources to local governments, he said. “The mayor of Kispest, the mayor of Hajdúdorog, the mayor of Tiszaújváros, the mayors of Salgótarján, Szeged and the candidate for Budapest mayor Gergely Karácsony turned to me with this issue and we agreed that this must be achieved,” added Ujhelyi.
The Alliance is much wider than just the opposition MEPs joining forces, said Ujhelyi. “We sit in three different parliamentary groups, which means we have ‘tentacles’ towards partners that can help” – he explained. In this regard, the MEP also gave an example of the sewage sludge case: “Today I held a press conference together with Lajos Korózs (…) in this issue, for example, I am now seeking allies, not only among the 8 Hungarian opposition MEPs but in my committee, the Committee on Environment and Health. As a matter of fact, it has a liberal president. (…) We are convinced that this story is in conflict with European Union rules because there are very strict regulations on how much can be transported between countries and how,” he explained the basis for the European representation of the case.
“In Pápa and Székesfehérvár, we seem to have succeeded in stopping further deliveries. (…) This is definitely government business, and there is something very wrong with this. That is why I call for an investigation by the European Commission because I think it will turn out to be a breach of European law,” he said. On the EU representation of the case, he said: “A Socialist parliamentary committee chairman, Lajos Korózs is investigating the whole thing from opposition (…); he investigates the matter by correspondence and requesting information from the Croatian and Slovenian authorities. The opposition candidates for mayor of Pápa and Székesfehérvár stand up in the case and run an information campaign locally because the public does not know what is going on and then, as a Member of the European Parliament, I take it to a European level,” the socialist politician illustrated.
“We will take this further, just like the issue of employee rights at the Suzuki factory, and other similar, matters that are very important maybe only to 1000 people, but possibly to hundreds of thousands,” MSZP MEP István Ujhelyi emphasized the achievements of representing Hungarian people in the European Parliament.

06.08.2019.

MSZP Refers Matter of Wastewater Sludge to European Commission

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Mszp-Ujhelyi-István-Korózs-Lajos-800x424Socialist MEP István Ujhelyi turned to the European Commission regarding the Croatian and Slovenian sewage sludge transported to Hungary. At a press conference on Wednesday, the politician said that as a member of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee, he addressed the Environment and Health Commissioners on Tuesday, asking whether the European Commission (EC) had information on the matter, whether they knew about the transport of hazardous substances between Member States which had been going on for years, was all this in line with EU law and whether the European Union had provided the source for these transactions?
The issue is not a domestic affair as it is about trade between Member States that is in serious breach of European law, István Ujhelyi said explaining the reasons for his initiative. He considered the government’s response to stop future shipments to be unsatisfactory, while current contracts still allow sewage sludge to arrive in Hungary. István Ujhelyi said that the Minister in charge of the Prime Minister’s Office Gergely Gulyás, should answer the matter. He noted that the government would be able, if it so wished,  to close, open, suspend or terminate serious “businesses” within two hours, circumventing all legal frameworks, but now they have made a delaying decision.
MSZP delegated chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Public Welfare Lajos Korózs said that his requests for information on the case revealed that Hungarian permits for the importation of sewage sludge were issued by the Pest County Government Office that is also responsible for the environment and it was signed by its head Richárd Tarnai.
Responding to a question, he added: Gergely Gulyás is lying if he claims that no permit has been issued for the transport of sludge in Hungary. Lajos Korózs also reported that according to the Croatian Ministry of Environment and Energy, more than 90 thousand tons of Croatian sewage sludge has landed in Hungarian landfills in the last two years: 52 thousand tons in 2018 and 39 thousand tons in 2017. Moreover, he continued, information provided by the Slovenian environmental authorities also revealed that 30,000 tons of Slovenian sewage sludge arrived in Hungary last year. He noted that, according to Eurostat, this 30,000 tons equals annual Slovenian emissions, meaning that every kilogram of Slovenian sewage sludge landed in Hungary last year. Probably “this damn big deal for somebody”, “somebody makes billions here,” the MP assessed. At the press conference, Pápa’s opposition candidate for mayor Attila Grőber said that if the sewage sludge delivery to the town of Pápa was not stopped immediately, they would begin collecting signatures to emphasize their request.

06.08.2019.

Orbán No Crusader, Just Petty Thief!

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 So it is true that if a bird walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it really is a duck.
A politician may very well talk about goals that serve the community and the Christian creed that helps and protects the individual; if he spends public money on increasing the wealth of his family and friends without the twitch of a single spinal nerve, he is most certainly not a crusader but a petty thief.
The nation saving vision drawn up in Viktor Orbán’s speech in Tusványos Free University in Romania on Saturday basically stank from this again. It is immensely hypocritical to talk about Christian understanding and a common nation, while in recent years everyone had the chance to witness how those in power regard their fellow human beings, disagreeing Hungarians, or very simply, how they treat public assets, which  – what  a beautiful new linguistic innovation from Fidesz! – ‘may lose its character of public money at any time.’
Viktor Orbán’s vision is no more than glamorous illusion. While some of his statements contain traces of unquestionably forward-thinking items that would be up for normal debate in a country of normal spirits, the credibility of the whole structure quickly collapses under the weight of the simple truth that it serves only to conceal the building of a petty kingdom and incalculable theft. How much more noble it would be to argue (and really argue) with someone who really believes in what he covers by the term “Christian freedom.” However, Orbán only uses everything and everyone as tools to rule mines, manors, hotels, power plants, stadiums, football academies, harbours, yachts, private jets and off-shore estates.
The illiberal vision of the President of Fidesz is in itself is nonsense, but at least it could be legitimate if behind the curtain it weren’t for the industrial size looting of the country. Did no one notice that he had once again left his fans in standby mode again for the fight? That all he can ever promise is that the finish line will come after the next turn? That there is always one last big job – this time around against the liberal world conspiracy – that will really bring Paradise to the people?
The provoked country has been at war with its all-time designated enemy for years and does not realize that the boys calmly take everything home behind the promise of a final big victory that is coming soon. Everything they could move they already stole, and now they are reaching for what others have screwed loose before (see: money of the Hungarian Acadamy of Sciences). Do not be fooled by the glazed holy talk; a duck is the duck, and a thief is a thief.

dr. István Ujhelyi
Member of the European Parliament
28 July, 2019.

EU Remedy for Fidesz Thievery: Direct Resources for Hungarian Local Governments!

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15514These weeks, discussions between Brussels and Budapest have taken place, which seem to have resulted in the Hungarian government being forced to implement a “financial correction” of nearly 500 billion forints and make a number of rigorous and rather specific commitments to further disburse EU funds. It is no secret that the European Commission has discovered a systemic problem with recent EU public procurements, and we could say: it is now official that Orbán and his gang are juggling with EU public funds at state level.
In recent weeks, some really specific measures have indeed been taken at government level solely to prove to Brussels that everything is fine with disbursements. But that’s not the case. Not in the least. The situation is much more serious and a far more comprehensive solution is needed to the systemic looting of EU funds. It is a fact that the disbursement of EU funds in Hungary has already been suspended on many occasions because unacceptable malpractices around government tenders were revealed. It was precisely in response to my written question that the European Commissioner for Regional Policy of the European Commission has confirmed: “There is still a high risk of corruption in Hungary, therefore the anti-corruption framework needs to be strengthened.” It is a documented fact that a significant part of the EU funds of the Territorial and Urban Development Operational Program (TOP) has been disbursed on a political rather than professional or socially disadvantaged basis. In at least eight counties, we know of specific cases that only increase suspicion: local Fidesz-leaders have handed out European public funds to their own potentates, which goes against EU regulations and applicable laws.
In order for EU taxpayers’ money to end up at the right place and not, for example, with the Orbán-family and their circle of friends and relatives, much more needs to be done to tighten control over tendering and payment. There are currently a number of direct sources available, but a more comprehensive solution is needed: direct subsidies have to be made available to local governments on a systemic level. In the next seven-year EU budget, it must be guaranteed that local governments can apply for developments that are important to them, such as a social housing scheme or local healthcare development, without being at the mercy of the Member State government. The same position is shared by opposition Budapest mayor candidate Gergely Karácsony. In a recent letter to opposition MEPs he pointed out that in limited numbers, but there are existing EU mechanisms in place for direct EU support for towns, but this practice should also be extended and raised to a more effective level. The same practice is advocated by the socialist mayors of Kispest, Salgótarján, Hajdúdorog, Ajka, Kazincbarcika and Szeged. EU funds serve to improve the lives of Hungarian people and the development of their homes, their environment, as opposed to what Fidesz thinks about the purpose public money, namely that it ought to increase the fortune of the government elite.
MEP István Ujhelyi – 23.07.2019.

 

Somebody take the orange glasses off of Ursula von der Leyen!

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117080President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, gave a peculiar and telling interview to The Guardian. While in her speech in Parliament she portrayed herself as the fierce defender of the rule of law, thus wooing MEPs still unsure about her election, somehow it seems as if she had taken a step back since from this position. Leyen has now spoken much more forgivingly about the governments of Member States where they trample on the rule of law (she believes we should be “more understanding”), moreover, as if she had read it out loud straight from the orange propaganda publications, she linked the refugee crisis and its handling to rule of law criticism. As if the refugee crisis had anything to do with the way the Hungarian or indeed the Polish government dismantles the democratic institutional system and builds a hybrid regime in its own country.
What we have here is not a refugee-debate with the Orbán-regime! Either Ursula von der Leyen is not aware of the processes going on in this corner of the Union, or has walked into the trap of Orbán’s brainwash system and is letting herself be misled by the slogans of the fake news factories. It would be good if someone took the orange glasses off of Ursula von der Leyen, because we have no refugee dispute with the National Cooperation System (NCS)! The Orbán-regime is incompatible with the European Union because it is an autocratic mafia state, which steals people’s money, pushes them into social slavery and deprives them of their equal rights!
It is not because of the debate around the refugee quota that many hundreds of thousands of young people have left Hungary. It is not for the sentiments around the refugee crisis that there is no decent medical care in Hungarian hospitals, and it is definitely not because of the disputed distribution of refugees that every euro cent of EU funding must wander into the pockets of Lőrinc Mészáros or the relatives and friends of the Orbán-family! Whoever had doubts about why the election Ursula von der Leyen – forced upon us as the result of anti-democratic, shady deals between heads of state and government in back rooms – should not have been supported, has now been given new reasons. Following the hacking of the top-candidate system and the evil tripping former candidates, a person asked and received confidence whose program and ideas we had no prior knowledge about. After an undoubtedly good and firm parliamentary speech, the details and the real attitude only become clear now. For example, after the vision of the “United States of Europe,” which she had previously described as a dream that could be realized, she is now opposed to federalism. I was not in favour of Ursula von der Leyen’s appointment because of the way the candidate was selected. Her statement now just confirmed that I made the right decision.
In a few weeks’ time, in September, von der Leyen will stand before the European Parliament again to present the prospective members and the more detailed program of the Commission she is to lead. If this is the way she will go, that nine-person majority that had her back last time might prove to be too small…

22.07.2019.

Ujhelyi: I support the program of the candidate for President of the European Commission, not the election process!

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ujhePresidential candidate for the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen held a firm speech at the plenary session in Strasbourg, but I cannot support her election on principle, said MSZP’s MEP to Hírklikk. István Ujhelyi told our newspaper: the speech and the outlined program of the German presidential candidate was pro-Europan and observed European values, however, he would not vote for her appointment due to the anti-democratic process of Leyen’s election.
“The European Council comprised of heads of state and government ignored the electorate, ignored the directly elected representatives of the European Parliament, when it ignored the top-candidate system and made its proposal based on petty deals made in back rooms, also as regards the name of Ursula von der Leyen. The German politician’s pro-European approach and, on more than one occasion, her stance against Orbán, is worthy of support, however, we cannot simply neglect  the way she is about to get elected,” said Ujhelyi adding that “the ‘top-candidate’ system is far from perfect just like there are many unacceptable things in the complicated operation of the European institution system.
However, according to the MSZP politician, the goal is clear: to bring decisions closer to people and to choose leaders as democratically as possible. “What the heads of state and government have done now goes against this, and even makes the European Parliament look ridiculous. As a responsible MEP I cannot be part of this, so I vote against their candidate” said István Ujhelyi.
The MSZP MEP also told Hírklikk that while he supported the presidential candidate’s program, but not the process of her appointment, Fidesz did just the opposite: while they celebrate Leyen’s nomination as their own success, her pro-European program outlined today obviously gives them the creeps. According to Ujhelyi, if Ursula von der Leyen finally receives the necessary support, a very interesting period is to come for Viktor Orbán and Fidesz, as the candidate they support will go against them in all major European issues. “In the autumn, we will also vote on the composition and program of the European Commission. If not only in words but also in the composition of the Commission, the importance of the social Europe program, such as the European minimum wage or the youth guarantee program, will reoccur, as well as  its commitment to fighting against policies like those of Orbán, I will vote for the Commission,” concluded István Ujhelyi.

17.07.2019.