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European Parliament is itself not averse to political appointments

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The European Parliament denounces the Commission due to ‘Selmayrgate’. But it is now under pressure to end the political topbenoemingen.

The European Parliament approved this afternoon, the sharp resolution on Selmayrgate. A large majority asking the Commission the procedure that led to the controversial flitsbenoeming of Martin Selmayr …

The European Parliament approved this afternoon, the sharp resolution on Selmayrgate. A large majority asking the Commission the procedure that led to the controversial flitsbenoeming of Martin Selmayr to anonymous senior official of the Commission to re-evaluate. An amendment by Bart Staes (Green) to the procedure to reopen and re-starting from zero, was voted down.

This Selmayr outside shot. European Commissioner Günther Oettinger said the human resources department, concluded in a comment that the appointment of Selmayr withdraw will be. The Commission is prepared to look at how the ‘rules and procedures in the future can be improved’.

The whole affair leaves a bitter feeling after, also at the European followers of Juncker as international representative Tom Vandenkendelaere (CD&V): ‘It is time that some people here in Europe to see that such old krokodillentruken not belong in modern politics’.

Demotivated civil servants

But Selmayrgate also drew attention to the political appointments within the European Parliament. The committee noted that the staff represents, complained that ‘the situation in the Parliament is not better, when it comes to fair and transparent topbenoemingen’. There were words like ‘increasing politicization’ and manipulation of appointment procedures’.

As a result of that penalty letter, if a personeelsdelegatie on 28 march visit president Antonio Tajani, in connection with the impending appointment of nine directors.

In a letter in which they have the encounter to summarize and that The Standard could refer to it, they write that ” there are only a few internal candidates as competent and experienced civil servants demotivated. They have the impression that the decision has already been taken’.

The weekly Politico lijstte the names of five persons who have a great chance to be ‘parachuted’ to be. A crucial role in the selection of plays Klaus Welle. The German christendemocraat was once secretary-general of the EPP group, and since 2009, the highest official of the Parliament.

Parachutes

A parachute would be ready for a member of the cabinet of Antonio Tajani, two copies for members of the cabinet of Klaus Welle itself. So would be his own chief of staff to the head of to create a new directorate that will deal with political campaigns. Also the name of a high member of the EPP group circulates. The fifth person is a parliamentary member of the commission Environment.

In the letter to Tajani denounces the staff committee that vacancies are often external and is to be published with an improper purpose: choose candidates who work within the Parliament but do not meet the conditions for an internal candidacy. To the director, the stage 13, and at least 20 years of experience in the European Parliament. That dexterity allows for political appointments.

No double standard

The Greens are on the cart jumped to in the European Parliament topbenoemingen more transparent. ‘The European Parliament should be no double standards, ” says Sven Giegold. ‘It is good that we criticize the non-transparent recruitment procedures within the Commission. But also the Parliament must be house cleaning. Top positions must be filled on the basis of competence.’

The group suggests that the bureau of the European Parliament (the president and vice-presidents) directors-general only, would be appointed, according to the strict rules of a transparent and open procedure. Directors would no longer be by that political compound bureau appointed may be, but according to the normal procedure applicable for lower officials.

The ‘Selmayr-resolution “launches a call to” all the institutions of the EU to put an end to the practice of parachuting wasn, that the procedures and therefore the credibility of the EU threatens to damage it.’

But also another amendment by Bart Staes, to which appointments to re-evaluate, was voted down by, among others, the social democrats and christian democrats, with 456 votes against and only 156 for.

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