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pursuant to Rule 133 of the Rules of Procedure

on the appointment of agency heads by the Commission

Dominique Martin

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the appointment of agency heads by the Commission  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the EU has many excellent rail companies, such as Alstom, Siemens, SNCF and Deutsche Bahn;

B.  whereas despite this a former senior employee of Bombardier was appointed as the head of the European Union Agency for Railways on 30 September 2014;

C.  whereas the Commission thus chose a non-EU national, whatever personal or professional qualities he may have, to manage the harmonisation of technical standards in Europe;

D.  whereas these standards have a significant impact on European companies such as Alstom and Siemens and therefore on jobs: 28 000 jobs at Alstom, 150 000 at SNCF and 560 000 in the rail sector as a whole, which has a turnover of EUR 147 billion;

E.  whereas on 16 October 2017 a new agency director will be appointed;

F.  whereas in this case the decision concerns the European Chemicals Agency, and whereas it would be unacceptable for a non-EU national to be appointed and allowed to dictate agency policy on issues such as reproductive toxicity, the environment and animal testing;

1.  Asks the Commission to take the necessary steps to ensure that no senior employee of a non-European chemicals company is appointed to head this European agency.

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