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Kocsis: Parliamentary committee to investigate Momentum MP’s statement

The Fidesz parliamentary group leader has slammed Momentum MP Miklos Hajnal for lobbying in Brussels "against the interests of his country" and "boasting" about it, saying that parliament's European affairs committee should put the matter on its agenda as soon as possible and hold an extraordinary meeting.

Kocsis said on social media on Saturday that it was “outrageous” that Hajnal had “openly and proudly” attempted to prevent Hungary from receiving EU funds and to tie it up in legal procedures.

“Whereas it’s not out of the ordinary for a Hungarian left-wing politician to lobby abroad against the interests of his country, the Momentum politician’s boasts are truly outrageous,” he said, adding that Hajnal’s actions were political and an attack on Hungary’s sovereignty. He added that the opposition had been “paid in dollars by foreign speculators” in the past.

Fidesz MEP Tamas Deutsch earlier proposed holding an extraordinary meeting of the European affairs committee with a view to investigating “political influence manoeuvres” by the “dollar left”.

He said the Momentum board member had recently told commercial television channel ATV that party MEPs Anna Donath and Katalin Cseh had played a major role in the European Union’s rule-of-law and infringement proceedings against Hungary, resulting in funds being withheld from Hungary.

Deutsch said the Momentum MEPs had betrayed their electorate and had seriously harmed millions of Hungarians.

He insisted that an elected representative “must act in the interest of his country and its citizens under all circumstances”.

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