Tibor Navracsics, Hungary’s minister for foreign affairs and trade, on Wednesday (30 July) confirmed he is the country’s nominee to become commissioner in the next EU executive.

Navracsics confirmed the news via Twitter, calling his nomination by the country’s government a “great honour”.

The 48 years old was the frontrunner to become the new Hungarian commissioner. He will succeed László Andor, who was responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion in the past five years.

Navracsics is a member of the ruling Fidesz party and worked closely with the controversial Hungarian prime minister, Viktor Orbán, in the past. He was head of the communication department in Orbán’s first cabinet in the late 1980s.

The Hungarian prime minister is often criticised for his crackdown on independent media in the country.

Fidesz is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) at EU level, the same European political family as the European Commission-elect president, Jean-Claude Juncker.

Juncker, who must form a team of commissioners, expressed his hopes that governments would nominate female candidate to ensure gender parity in the Commission. But Navracsics is the latest male in a series of confirmations, which now amounts to 17 men versus only three confirmed female nominees.

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