September 30, 2019 / 2:42 PM / 20 days ago

Hungary to propose diplomat Oliver Varhelyi as new commissioner - EU official

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

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hungary is to propose diplomat Oliver Varhelyi as its commissioner for next five years after the European Parliament blocked the first candidate chosen by Prime Minister Viktor Orban, an EU official said.

Varhelyi would replace Hungary’s former justice minister Laszlo Trocsanyi who was rejected earlier on Monday by the legal affairs committee of the EU parliament because of conflicts of interest.

Trocsanyi was selected by Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen as commissioner for enlargement.

Reporting by Peter Maushagen; writing by Marine Strauss @StraussMarine; editing by Francesco Guarascio

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