EUROPE The former French finance minister becomes the Commissioners for Economic Affairs …
It’s done. The French Pierre Moscovici has received approval from the European Parliament on Wednesday evening for the portfolios of Economic Affairs in the commission Juncker announced MEPs.
The three committees of Parliament called to decide ( economic affairs, internal market and trade) approved the appointment of a commissioner Moscovici by 44 votes against 12, with three abstentions. He was found fit to ensure the portfolio of Economic Affairs by 32 members
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Fifteen voted against and 12 abstained, stating doubts within the European right on the ability of the French ex-minister Finance to judge with impartiality of the state of French finances.
The green light of Deputies was almost certain after that obtained earlier in the evening by the Spanish Miguel Arias Canete conservative for Climate and Energy portfolio. The EPP group (Conservative) had indeed put the fate of Pierre Moscovici balanced with that of Miguel Arias Canete, the center of a controversy to possible conflicts of interest because of its ties to the oil industry.
“How to be sure you will be the poacher turned gamekeeper?”
The European Parliament had imposed a series of written Moscovici after his three-hour hearing Thursday to clarify any issues controversy. “How can you be sure you will be the poacher turned gamekeeper?”, Had notably launched the Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld (Liberal).
The hearing coincided with the presentation of the draft budget French 2015 which provides for a deficit of 4.3% of GDP in 2015, while Paris had promised to bring him back to 3%. Parliament will vote on the whole Commission during a plenary vote on 22 October.