The ECF feels that the appointment of Mr. Navracsics as Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship would put under threat the relations between the European Commission and civil society organisations. This derives from the fact that Mr. Navracsics has been a key proponent of policies implemented by the Hungarian governments led by Mr. Orban that acted against the values of the European treaties and project and were criticised by the European Commission for decisions such as the constitutional reform process of 2013 and the reforms affecting media freedom in 2011. Read the open letter signed by numerous civil society organisations across Europe. Besides, Marton Vay, a Hungarian activist, launched an online petition, calling on the European Parliament to block the appointment of Mr. Navracsics as Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship. According to him, the Orban government was involved in the intimidation of non-profit organisations criticising the government by the police, putting teachers and the curriculum under political censorship and many others. You can read more about the petition and sign it online.
Open letter by the European Civic Forum regarding the designation of Mr. Tibor Navracsics
From the network - 29th September 2014