Tibor Navracsics rejected by EU CULT committee

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Tibor Navracsics will not be nominated as commissioner of education, culture, youth and citizenship of the European Committee, according to reports. Although the committee approved of Navracsics as a commissioner (15 pros, 10 cons and 2 non-voters), it disapproved of his portfolio. It is not clear what will happen next, but it appears that Navracsics could eventually be elected a commissioner, with a different portfolio.

As a candidate for the post, Navracsics responded once again on Monday to questions from the European Parliament’s CULT committee. Following the hearings on October 1, the former Public Administration and Justice Minister of Hungary from 2010 and 2014, who became Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade following the election earlier this year, was asked to respond in writing to further questions from the committee.

During the hearing, Navracsics stated that he was deeply committed to freedom, democracy and rule of law. Navracsics also said that if elected, he would safeguard diversity and minority culture, according to twitter posts made by the CULT committee. Orbán’s government, of which Navracsics was a minister, has been widely criticized for its actions in limiting plurality of media, but Navracsics said during the hearings that plurality of media is fundamental. Navrasics also criticized FIDESZ’s practice of individual motion by an MP for draft legislation.

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