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The German anonymous senior official, Martin Selmayr, has for the first time, his controversial appointment as secretary-general of the European Commission defended. That he did Monday night at a lecture in Brussels.

Selmayr defended in the margin of a lecture in Brussels, his controversial appointment as secretary-general of the European Commission. He stressed that his promotion was approved by all 28 members of the European Commission. The Commission may have that decision actually take, she said. Finally, it appoints, for example, the European Parliament secretary-general, performed the German.

A week later it was the unanimous decision confirmed, said Selmayr. “All members of the European Commission was applauded, all of them have me congratulations.’

The lawyer also denied that commissioners bribed with the promises of higher retirement benefits. “I don’t know that they could be bribed,” he said. According to Selmayr, the Commission may, the pensions board does not even raise, but only the European Council.

Surprisingly appointed

Selmayr was, until recently, head of cabinet of commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. On 21 February, he was surprisingly appointed secretary-general of the administration, which approximately 32,000 employees. Critics suspect that Juncker him the postje toeschoof before his own term as President next year expires. Juncker and the Commission say that all the rules have been followed in the appointment.

The begrotingscontrolecommissie of the European Parliament will be the case now to investigate further. The greens presented this Monday is already an extensive list of questions.

Political motives

Selmayr suggests that there are political motives to hide behind the accusations. “Someone has apparently interest in the European Commission in a bad light,” he said Monday night. Possible reasons, according to him, his controversial political views, which the Commission occupies, for example, on a solidarity-based redistribution of refugees in Europe.

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