Márton Gyöngyösi: I hope von der Leyen will be able to keep all those promises

According to Jobbik MEP Márton Gyöngyösi, the speeches in Tuesday’s debate gave reason to suspect that Ursula von der Leyen was only going to win with a narrow margin. While some parliamentary group leaders declared their support for her, many of the MEPs voiced contrary opinions, he noted. Clearly, there was a disagreement, and a unanimous vote was unlikely even within the big groups, Mr Gyöngyösi added.

Nonetheless, Jobbik’s MEP congratulated Ursula von der Leyen and expressed his hope that she would be able to keep all those promises she made in her speech on Tuesday. Márton Gyöngyösi explained that some elements in Ursula von der Leyen’s programme are worthy of support while others are not, but the details tended to remain unclear in most cases. “We could see that Ursula von der Leyen must have visited all the major political groups and tried to integrate some of their precious projects into her own programme,” the MEP suggested.

What he welcomed about von der Leyen’s programme was her stance for the rule of law and her policy to provide a larger role for the European Parliament. On a positive note in terms of reducing the wage gap, he recognized the movement towards reinforcing the Social Pillar but he was disappointed about von der Leyen’s proposal of a guaranteed EU minimum wage. Jobbik’s position is that a guaranteed EU minimum wage is nothing but an illusion as long as the shocking economic and social gaps remain in the European Union. The party believes that the reduction of the wage gap and the Social Pillar’s objectives should be achieved through reforming the cohesion policy.

MEP Gyöngyösi also addressed the issue that the Democratic Coalition (DK) and Momentum voted for von der Leyen. He said he wasn’t surprised as the political groups of these parties were involved in an agreement which let them each “take something away from the negotiating table”. He was much more intrigued by Fidesz’ position because, as he put it, “there’s nothing surprising about Momentum and DK supporting and full-fledged federalist like Ursula von der Leyen”.

Mr Gyöngyösi thinks that since the EP election did not bring the result that Fidesz had hoped for in the European arena, the Hungarian governing party will try to undermine the EU’s unity from inside. “They wouldn’t be able to do so unless a fundamentally weak person becomes the head of the European Commission. Indeed, Ursula von der Leyen is such a weak person, and her legitimacy will also be weaker than expected in a position like this,” Jobbik’s MEP stated. The German defence minister got only nine(!) votes more than the bare minimum for absolute majority.

 

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