The way Martin Selmayr, head of cabinet of European commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, last week to the new secretary-general of the Commission is appointed, it raises questions. The green group in the European Parliament is demanding an investigation.
The surprise was great when Juncker last Wednesday himself the promotion of his chief of staff was disclosing in the press room of the Commission. The 47-year-old German takes over from march 1, the most important official function within the daily management of the European Union from the Dutchman Alexander Italianer, who equally unexpected retirement, announced.
The French newspaper Libération reports today that Selmayr until last week, does not have the required degree, had to the secretary-general to kick. According to the newspaper kandideerde he for the position of deputy secretary-general. When he feature on Wednesday in the awards, made Italianer prompt his resignation known and moved Selmayr in a movement to the highest position. Several commissioners appeared to advance not at the height of the personeelswissel.
A spokesman of the Commission was Monday afternoon with a barrage of questions about the case faced. He argued that all the rules were followed, but could the journalists in the press room did not convince. Also the green group in the European Parliament continues with questions and demanding an inquiry into the appointment of Selmayr. The greens want to know if the standard procedures are followed.
Bart Staes (Groen) will the committee on budgetary control of the European Parliament, the other political groups of the need for a research to try to convince.