The European Parliament has suspected the Hungarian European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Vargei, of bias against candidate countries for EU membership and wants an appropriate investigation by the European Commission into his behavior.
At a meeting on November 30, the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, by 35 to 20 votes, adopted an amendment to the draft report on the implementation of a common foreign and security policy in 2022, for which the EP should vote approximately in January.
“The European Parliament remains deeply concerned by reports that the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement is deliberately trying to circumvent and undermine the centrality of democratic and legal reforms in EU candidate countries; calls on the European Commission to launch an independent and impartial investigation into whether the conduct and the policy promoted by the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, in violation of the Code of Conduct for Members of the European Commission and the Commissioner’s obligations under the EU Treaties,” the text of the amendment reads.
The initiators of the amendment are four MEPs from the faction of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats: Theis Röten, Nacho Sánchez Amor, Javi López and Tonino Pizzula.
It should be noted that a positive vote in the key foreign affairs committee is not a guarantee that such a decision will be supported by the entire European Parliament.
Earlier, the mass media reported that the Hungarian commissioner, convinced by Kyiv, is setting himself the goal of slowing down Ukraine’s progress towards membership at any cost.
Moldova also suffers from his bias. This may allow one of the main partners of the Hungarian government – Putin’s Russia – to gain revenge in Moldova and another point of instability on the EU border.