László Kovács ( ) (born
3 July 1939 in Budapest) is a
Hungarian politician and diplomat, currently serving as
Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union.
- This article is about the politician. See also
He was the
of Hungary twice,
from 1994 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2004. He also served as chairman
of the Hungarian Socialist
from 1998 to 2004.
Kovács was nominated to serve as the Hungarian member of the
Commission, which was to take office on 1 November 2004.
apparent unsuitability for his proposed role as Energy Commissioner
was one of the reasons why the European Parliament refused to endorse the proposed new
However, the Hungarian government did not
nominate a new commissioner in his place, therefore in the revised
setup of the Commission, serving from 22
, he was finally appointed as
Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union.