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This article is about the politician. See also László Kovács (cinematographer).
The native form of this personal name is Kovács László. This article uses the Western name order.
László Kovács


In office
22 November 2004 – 9 February 2010
President José Manuel Barroso
Preceded by Frits Bolkestein (Internal Market, Taxation and Customs Union)
Succeeded by Algirdas Šemeta (Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud)

In office
27 May 2002 – 29 September 2004
Prime Minister Péter Medgyessy
Preceded by Géza Jeszenszky
Succeeded by János Martonyi
In office
15 July 1994 – 6 July 1998
Prime Minister Gyula Horn
Preceded by János Martonyi
Succeeded by Ferenc Somogyi

Born 3 July 1939 (1939-07-03) (age 70)
Budapest, Hungary
Political party Socialist Party

László Kovács (Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈlaːsloː ˈkovaːtʃ]) (born 3 July 1939 in Budapest) is a Hungarian politician and diplomat, currently serving as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union. He was the foreign minister of Hungary twice, from 1994 to 1998 and from 2002 to 2004. He also served as chairman of the Hungarian Socialist Party from 1998 to 2004.

In 2004, Kovács was nominated to serve as the Hungarian member of the European Commission, which was to take office on 1 November 2004. His apparent unsuitability for his proposed role as Energy Commissioner was one of the reasons why the European Parliament refused to endorse the proposed new Commission. However, the Hungarian government did not nominate a new commissioner in his place, therefore in the revised setup of the Commission, serving from 22 November 2004, he was finally appointed as Commissioner responsible for Taxation and Customs Union.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Géza Jeszenszky
Minister of Foreign Affairs
1994–1998
Succeeded by
János Martonyi
Preceded by
János Martonyi
Minister of Foreign Affairs
2002–2004
Succeeded by
Ferenc Somogyi
Preceded by
Péter Balázs
Hungarian European Commissioner
2004–2010
Succeeded by
László Andor
Preceded by
Frits Bolkestein
as European Commissioner for Internal Market, Taxation and Customs Union
European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union
2004–2010
Succeeded by
Algirdas Šemeta
as European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Party political offices
Preceded by
Gyula Horn
Chairman of the Hungarian Socialist Party
1998–2004
Succeeded by
István Hiller
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Antonio Martino
Italy
Chairman-in-Office of the OSCE
1995
Succeeded by
Flavio Cotti
Switzerland
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