Fidesz blocks Gruevski affair from being put on agenda of Parliament’s National Security Committee

Jobbik-delegated Chairman of the Hungarian Parliament’s National Security Committee Ádám Mirkóczki summoned an extraordinary meeting of the body on Wednesday but Fidesz voted against putting the Gruevski affair on the agenda, claiming there was no real security risk even though Minister of Interior Affairs Sándor Pintér attended the meeting himself.

Addressing the National Security Committee’s Wednesday meeting, Ádám Mirkóczki said he summoned the meeting to rise above partisanship and restore the committee’s dignity. Minister of Interior Affairs Sándor Pintér agreed with the goal but pointed out that he also wanted to preserve the integrity of his associates. Socialist committee member Zsolt Molnár suggested it was important for the body to get answers for the open issues in the Gruevski affair. According to the pro-government MPs however, there was no national security risk at all, so they turned down the agenda.

As it was published in the media earlier, Jobbik-delegated Chairman of the National Security Committee Ádám Mirkóczki summoned the body’s extraordinary meeting for Wednesday, after the Wednesday morning issue of pro-government daily newspaper Magyar Idők reported that Macedonian ex-PM Nikola Gruevski was granted asylum. The reason for his move was that the National Security Committee had been informed, in the very same morning, that Mr Gruevski’s asylum procedure had not even been finished. By the way, the Immigration and Asylum Office did not confirm Magyar Idők’s story but released another report in which they gave a detailed account of both the procedure and the ex-PM’s argumentation. “As far as the Gruevski scandal is concerned, the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Immigration and Asylum Office violated their legal obligations and misled the Committee members who have national security clearance,” Mr Mirkóczki stated on Tuesday.

In the Committee’s Wednesday meeting, Fidesz MP János Halász asserted that Mr Gruevski was removed from office by George Soros’ people, and he was persecuted and threatened in his country. On the other hand, Mr Mirkóczki says it is Hungary’s vital interest to clear up this affair. As he put it, the Hungarian authorities had never mentioned such persecution to him. The Committee’s Jobbik-delegated Chairman found it odd that daily newspaper Magyar Idők had reported the former Macedonian PM’s asylum being granted even before the matter was discussed in the Committee. According to the MP, it raises concerns where the pro-government newspaper got its information from (he added after the meeting that the Constitution Protection Office should also investigate the matter).
Eventually, the majority of the committee turned down the agenda, with 2 votes for and 2 votes against.