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Hungary names 'technocrat' as new nominee for EU Commission

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's prime minister says he is nominating an experienced diplomat and "technocrat" for a place in the European Union Commission, the bloc's executive arm. Prime Minister Viktor Orban made the announcement Monday after hosting his Finnish counterpart, Antti Rinne.

Orban named Oliver Varhelyi to replace Laszlo Trocsanyi, who was rejected as Hungary's nominee during vetting by the EU parliament's legal committee over concerns about possible conflicts of interest. Varhelyi has been Hungary's permanent representative to the EU since 2015.

Earlier, Orban said that Trocsanyi, a former justice minister and judge, was being punished for Hungary's unrelenting anti-immigrant policies. Romania's nominee for the EU Commission, Rovana Plumb, was also rejected, but the Romanian government has not yet announced her replacement.

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