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Parliamentary questions
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20 March 2019
E-001422-19
Question for written answer E-001422-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marco Zanni (ENF)

 Subject:  Follow-up to Question E-6126/2018 on the Commission's response to the recommendations of the European Ombudsman on the Commission's appointment of a new Secretary-General
 Answer in writing 

Further to the reply to Question E-006126/2018(1), can the Commission give a more detailed reply concerning the objections raised by the European Ombudsman concerning the procedure for the appointment of the Commission’s Secretary-General Selmayr?

More specifically, the Ombudsman mentions:

the lack of appropriate measures to avoid any risk of a conflict of interests in the decision-making process;

the failure to comply with the procedural rules concerning the composition of the Consultative Committee on Appointments;

‘a selection procedure for a Deputy Secretary-General, which did not serve its stated purpose to fill the vacancy, but rather only to ensure that Mr Selmayr would be eligible for reassignment as Secretary-General’;

‘as the impending retirement of Mr Italianer was kept secret, a situation of urgency to fill the post of Secretary-General was created artificially. (…) This should not have prevented the Commission from launching a procedure to identify and evaluate possible candidates for Secretary-General before Mr Italianer would retire.’

As stated, the objection is neither to the official’s qualifications nor to the Commission’s freedom to act autonomously, but rather to the Commission’s failure to comply with the internal organisational rules that it has adopted(2).

The Commission is therefore asked to:
provide a reply, stating reasons, to the serious objections raised by the European Ombudsman;
state whether it intends to revoke the appointment of the current Secretary-General and reinitiate the procedure in accordance with its internal rules.

(1)http://www.europarl.europa.eu/doceo/document/E-8-2018-006376_IT.html
(2)https://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/it/recommendation/en/102651

Original language of question: IT 
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