September 30, 2019 / 7:44 PM / 14 days ago

Hungary's Orban nominates Oliver Varhelyi for EU Commissioner job

FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary’s top EU envoy in Brussels, Oliver Varhelyi, will step in as Budapest’s candidate for European commissioner, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told a news conference on Monday, confirming earlier reports.

An EU diplomat told Reuters Hungary would send Varhelyi to the EU’s executive after the European Parliament blocked the first candidate Orban proposed.

Reporting by Marton Dunai; editing by Jonathan Oatis

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