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Olivér Várhelyi

COMMISSIONER (2019-2024)  

Olivér Várhelyi
Neighbourhood and Enlargement

Email: cab-varhelyi-contactatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (cab-varhelyi-contact[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)

Address: Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 200, 1049 Brussels, Belgium

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  • Strengthening relations with the EU’s neighbouring countries.
  • Ensuring a credible European Union perspective for the Western Balkans, including progressing on the accession process, such as through merit-based country assessments.
  • Supporting proposals on opening enlargement negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Albania.
  • Speeding up structural and institutional reforms in the Western Balkans, with a strong focus on the rule of law, economic development and public administration reforms. 
  • Promoting good neighbourly relations and the resolution of bilateral disputes within the Western Balkans region.
  • Working closely with Turkey as a key EU partner and addressing common challenges, together with the High Representative/Vice-President.
  • Strengthening relations with the Eastern Partnership countries and introducing new long-term policy objectives for the Eastern Partnership.
  • Speeding up implementation of the Association Agreements and Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova, making full use of the Support Group for Ukraine.
  • Reviewing priorities and Association Agendas with each partner, setting clear objectives for reforms and economic development.
  • Promoting good governance, environmental protection, the fight against corruption, the rule of law and respecting the role of independent media and civil society.
  • Exploring a comprehensive partnership to manage effective migration and support economic growth and jobs
  • Optimising EU financial instruments, including through innovative approaches to financial support and public–private partnerships.
  • Ensuring coordination of relations with the European Economic Area, in consultation with the High Representative/Vice-President.
  • Representing the Commission in the EU Foreign Affairs Council and coordinating the presence of other Members of the College as required. 

Mission letter

President von der Leyen's mission letter to Olivér Várhelyi

European Parliament hearings

Olivér Várhelyi's answers to the European Parliament questionnaire
General publications23 March 2023
Additional questionnaire


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  1. 2019 - present
    Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement/Member of the European Commission
  2. 2015 - 2019
    Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Hungary to the EU
  3. 2011-2015
    Deputy Permanent Representative of Hungary to the EU
  4. 2008-2011
    Head of Unit on Industrial Property Rights, Directorate-General for Internal Market and Services, European Commission
  5. 2006-2008
    Head of the European Union Law Department, Ministry of Justice, Hungary
  6. 1998-2001
    Head of Cabinet, Head of the Legal Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cabinet of the Deputy Head of the State Secretary for Integration, Hungary
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Declaration of interests

30 JANUARY 2024
Declaration of interests - Olivér Várhelyi