French nominee for EU Commission is rejected

12 Octobre, 2019, 21:22 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • European Internal Market Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard of France attends her hearing before the European Parliament in Brussels

She was the third nominee to be rejected during a marathon series of hearings on Thursday where MEPs also sent picks from Hungary and Romania packing.

"Sylvie Goulard was very clearly the hostage of national and European political game-playing", he tweeted.

It's not uncommon for designated European commissioners to get knocked back, but this rejection is a bad look for Macron and von der Leyen at a delicate moment, with Brexit still a gnawing concern, transatlantic trade tensions growing and Turkey in the midst of a controversial incursion into Syria.

"I proposed 26 candidates; three didn't win a majority for various reasons".

"I was told "your nominee is great", and they take it, and now they finally tell me they don't want it anymore".

"The following 5 years will probably be decisive for Europe in a troublesome world surroundings."It's not unusual for designated European commissioners to get knocked again, however this rejection is a foul search for Macron and von der Leyen at a fragile second, with Brexit nonetheless a gnawing concern, transatlantic commerce tensions rising and Turkey within the midst of a controversial incursion into Syria.Goulard had confronted a grilling throughout her affirmation listening to final week when European lawmakers zeroed in on her authorized issues and a highly-paid stint advising a US suppose tank".

While not unprecedented, rejections of candidates are usually reserved for inexperienced choices from eastern Europe and not from the EU's more influential founder members.

From the start, the selection of this financial expert, had sparked criticism. The 54-year-old no. 2 at the French central bank is a close ally of Macron and had been tapped to lead the bloc's industrial policy and digital market for the next five years. MEPs retaliated by vetoing Sylvie Goulard, the French president's pick to join the new European Union executive in Brussels.

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Both proceedings are ongoing, but Ms. Goulard has not been charged.

Doubts were also raised about Goulard's activities at the Berggruen Institute, a US-based think tank founded by German-American billionaire Nicolas Berggruen.

While she was an MEP, the institute paid her more than 10,000 euros a month from October 2013 to January 2016, raising the ire of her colleagues.

While acknowledging her professional skills, many European Parliament lawmakers, known as MEPs, said Goulard was unable to properly address questions surrounding her workplace ethics.

France's nominee for the next European Commission has been rejected by EU lawmakers assessing whether she was fit for the job.

She said she risked becoming a victim of a "political game" among rival political groups in the European Parliament, particularly at the hands of the EPP.

She has already seen her Hungarian and Romanian candidates for roles rejected by the assembly.

Von der Leyen sought to brush off the setbacks as part of the democratic process in which the EU Parliament vets commissioners and seeks to hold the commission as a whole to account.

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