Daniel Freund

22. May 2024 Anti-Corruption

Stop Viktor Orban! No autocrats at the head of the EU - Sign Our Petition #NotMyPresident

On July 1, 2024, Hungary is set to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union. That’s a problem. Because then, of all people, the man who tramples European values is supposed to be sitting in the EU’s chief seat: Viktor Orbán.

This man cannot represent us Europeans. Viktor Orban cannot be our president. That’s why we call on Council President Charles Michel to suspend the Hungarian presidency.

*** Sign our petition here: https://innn.it/notmypresident ***

Over the past 14 years, Viktor Orbán has systematically transformed Hungary into an autocracy. Billions of EU funding have disappeared in corrupt channels. The rights of refugees and LGBTQI+ persons are being disregarded. Moreover, the Orbán government continues to maintain friendly relations with the Kremlin and with former US President Donald Trump. For the EU, this is harmful: he blackmails the EU with his veto!

We must not allow the government of Viktor Orbán to steer the destiny of the European Union for half a year – not at such a pivotal moment!

The presidency of the Council rotates every six months and is not merely ceremonial. Here, the guidelines of European policy are determined, summit agendas are set, and negotiations are led. Viktor Orbán would thus be at the helm of power in Europe at a crucial phase: shortly after the European elections, when the most important top jobs in the EU are being allocated and a shift to the right in EU politics must be prevented.

Worse and potentially more dangerous: Viktor Orbán could delay important sanctions against Putin and prevent a unified European response to a possible victory of Donald Trump in the US elections in the fall 2024.

Orbán is due to take over the presidency on 1 July. We cannot let that happen! It is time to stop him.

Therefore: Sign our petition. Because if we build as much pressure as possible, then we can still prevent Viktor Orbán from taking the helm of the EU.

We have been Members of the European Parliament for five years and, together with many others, we rely on your support. With your signatures and those of other parliamentarians, we will send a letter to the man responsible for coordinating this system, President Charles Michel, urging him to suspend the Hungarian presidency! You can find the letter here:

*** Sign our petition here: https://innn.it/notmypresident ***

Thank you for your support:

Daniel Freund 

& Damian Boeselager


The EU can be our best tool in the fight against corruption, money laundering and tax evasion. But it must also be used in the right way. In the future, the EU should fight corruption much more decisively. That is why I have set up an Intergroup against corruption in the European Parliament.