EPP

On 20 March FIDESZ membership of the EPP was suspended following long-standing divergences over rule of law which finally came to ahead with  an election campaign that targeted EPP Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. An evaluation committeee headed by former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, will report back on their efforts. Suspension will not stop Fidesz standing fir the EPP in the EP elections but would prevent them being eligible for nay top posts.

Fidesz-KDP are looking to increase their number of MEPs from 12 to 14 or 15.

The alliance published their list of candidates on 20th December 2018. The top spot on the Fidesz list has gone to László Trócsányi, who is currently minister of justice, and the party has declared that they intend to nominate him as member of the European Commission; he is well embedded in European politics, has diplomatic experience as former ambassador and he is also an internationally recognized professor of law.

Many of the top spots on the list have gone to Fidesz’s current MEPs, like Fidesz founders József Szájer and Tamás Deutsch or EPP vice-president Kinga Gál, but there are plenty of new candidates as well. The latter include for example Enikő Győri, former MEP and minister of state for EU affairs, currently ambassador of Hungary in Madrid; Balázs Hidvéghi, communications director of Fidesz, who has worked in the EP for the Hungarian EPP delegation; or Edina Tóth, who has worked as EPP Group adviser for several years now in the European Parliament.

Leaving Parliament are György Schöpflin, who is retiring, and László Tőkés, a Hungarian nationalist from Romania.