Today, the budget control committee of the European Parliament adopted its report on the appointment of Martin Selmayr as Secretary General of the European Commission. It was carried with a large majority. The consolidated result of the vote will only be available later. The report has to be finally adopted in the plenary of the European Parliament.
MEP Sven Giegold, Parliament’s rapporteur on “transparency, integrity and accountability of EU institutions” commented:
“This is a big blow for the Commission. A large majority calls on the European Commission to reopen the appointment procedure for the Secretary General. At the same time the Parliament acknowledges that this might prove legally difficult. The Parliament calls to organize all appointments in an open and tranparent manner. All the blackmail by Juncker has not stopped the Parliament to adopt a highly critical report and call for tough consequences. Parliamentary control has prevailed over political power play.”
Original motion for resultion: http://www.sven-giegold.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1149163EN-Draft-motion-for-a-resolution.pdf
Amendments (129 by all political groups): www.sven-giegold.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/AMs-on-the-Resolution.docx
Voting list of the compromises (without the new compromise): www.sven-giegold.de/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/resolution-draft-vl-compromises-2018-04-11.doc
This new key compromise was inserted to replace the new point before Paragraph 19:
“Is aware that a revocation of a favourable administative act is generally not possible due to legal constraints; asks the Commission nevertheless to reassess the procedure of appointment of the new Secretary General in order to give other possible candidates within the European public administration the possibility to apply and hence to allow for a wider choice among potential candidates of the same function group and grade; calls on the Commission to conduct in the future open and transparent application procedures.”