Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s decision to replace Gabor Ivan, the head of Hungary’s Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels, poses a threat to the success of Hungary’s upcoming EU presidency, the opposition Socialists Party said in a statement on Tuesday.
The Foreign Ministry has appointed Peter Gyorkos, Hungary’s ambassador in Zagreb.
Eszter Pataki, the ministry’s press chief, told MTI that trust in Gabor Ivan was “unchanged” and the decision had not been based on political considerations and would not undermine Hungary’s presidency.
Business portal Vilaggazdasag online reported on Monday that Ivan would swap places with Gyorkos.
The Socialists accused Orban of neglecting professional considerations, instead, basing the decision on party political considerations. Ivan, the party noted, has been involved in Hungary’s preparations for the EU presidency for a long time and has an exceptional knowledge of the field while Gyorkos has only around three months to catch up, the Socialists said.