EP rejects three candidates for post of EU Commissioners

BRUSSELS, The President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that she has proposed 26 candidates for the post of EU Commissioners, 23 of whom have now been accepted.

Three candidates did not obtain majority support for varied reasons. Therefore, the nominations for Hungary, Romania and France are still open, she said in a press statement.

Von der Leyen said she met the Presidents of the three biggest political groups in the EP and the President of the EP this afternoon to discuss the situation.

“The next five years will be decisive for Europe in a difficult global environment. Europe must deal with Brexit, trade issues and conflicts in its immediate neighbourhood,” she said.

“With so much at stake, it is now necessary, together with Parliament, to speed up the process so that Europe can act swiftly,” she added.

Her statement came after Sylvie Goulard, France’s nominee for the European Commission lost the vote on her candidacy in the Internal Market and Industry committees of the EP in a second hearing – with 82 MEPs against and 29 in favour.

The leaders of the seven political groups in the EP will decide on 17 October if Parliament has received sufficient information to declare the hearing process of the candidates closed. If so, the full EP will vote on whether or not to elect the new Commission as a whole on 23 October, in Strasbourg.

Source: Kuwait News Agency