One national capital that won't be queueing up to endorse her is Budapest, following Reding's escalating row with the Hungarian government over the country's changes to its judicial system, which it has been claimed allow for too much political interference.
A bitter sub-plot in this argument has been the fate of Francis Tobin - an Irish national found responsible for a fatal road accident in Hungary in 2000 - whose extradition the Irish Courts have refused to sanction despite the issuing of a European Arrest Warrant. Reding seemingly backed the Irish position, claiming she was "not surprised" by the decision.
The latest chapter in this row has been sparked by comments Reding made during a visit to Bulgaria yesterday. We haven't been able to find the original source, but it appears she suggested the Hungarian Supreme Court had been dissolved. The Hungarian government's reaction did not pull any punches:
"These actions and lies of Viviane Reding cause great harm to the public image and reputation of the European Commission. Viviane Reding is either extremely ignorant, or she is lying out of political interests."
"We call on her to make the data on which she has based her attack public, or failing that, to make an immediate apology."Ouch!
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Ministry of Public Administration and Justice
Tibor Navracsics, Dr.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Public Administration and Justice
Reaction to the statement by Viviane Reding
July 25, 2013 2:05 PM
Vivane Reding has made attempts to talk about Hungary several times, but just as previously, she has on this occasion again stated only falsehoods.
Having earlier preferred to side with Irish driver Francis Ciaran Tobin through her lies, who ran over and killed two small children in Hungary, rather than with justice and the cause of the Hungarian justice system, she has now come forward with more falsehoods, this time in Sofia.
Namely, in contrary to her claim, the Supreme Court has not been dissolved in Hungary, it has however been renamed Kúria. In contrary to her claim, the court system has not been disintegrated in Hungary, but rather, in addition to the existing organisational structure, which has remained untouched, further public administration courts have also been established as a result of the reforms.
These actions and lies of Viviane Reding cause great harm to the public image and reputation of the European Commission.
Viviane Reding is either extremely ignorant, or she is lying out of political interests.
We call on her to make the data on which she has based her attack public, or failing that, to make an immediate apology.
(Ministry of Public Administration and Justice)