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Future Leyen-Commission described as ‘balanced’

September 13th, 2019

A left-wing analyst believes that the President-elect of the European Commission was trying to satisfy all sides in her distribution of the portfolios among the 27 future Commissioners.

In Népszava, Tamás Rónay thinks that the list of portfolios and Commissioners prepared by future EC President Ursula von der Leyen leaves no country dissatisfied. Hungary is no exception. (For a pro-government assessment of the same issue, see BudaPost, September 12). He quotes international press reports confirming that member countries are all inclined to believe that their wishes have been fulfilled. Italy’s Commissioner, for example, will be responsible for the economic portfolio, while Spain’s nominee will become the EU high representative for Foreign Policy and Security. The Visegrád countries have been allotted two seats among the vice presidents and Hungary’s László Trócsányi has been nominated to oversee EU enlargement, as proposed by the Hungarian government. This is a win-win Commission, Rónay writes, and concludes that Ms von der Leyen probably wants to minimise the risk of political attacks against her Commission from member countries.

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