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Parliamentary questions
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25 March 2019
Question for written answer E-001481-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Eleonora Evi (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Isabella Adinolfi (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Marco Zullo (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Laura Ferrara (EFDD) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD)

 Subject:  Pignataro case: further critical issues in the procedures connected with the appointment of Martin Selmayr to the post of Secretary-General of the European Commission

According to an article in the newspaper Libération(1), on 24 March 2018 Martin Selmayr took part in a meeting held to draft a reply to Parliament’s questions about his appointment as Secretary-General of the European Commission. During that meeting, psychological pressure was brought to bear on those present. These included Laura Pignataro, a Director in the Commission’s Legal Service who, according to those close to her, was suffering from exhaustion caused by constantly being constrained to act in dereliction of her professional duty.

On 17 December 2018 Laura Pignataro took her own life, bringing to six in 12 years the number of suicides by officials in the Legal Service.

In a reply to the allegations made by Libération(2), the Commission confirmed that Selmayr was present at that meeting, a fact that constitutes a breach of Article 11a of the Staff Regulations.

This being so, can the Commission answer the following questions:
1. In view of this contravention of the rules, which compounded all the ways his appointment had already breached procedure, will the Commission comply with Parliament’s call in its resolution of 13 December 2018(3) for Selmayr’s resignation?
2. What steps has it taken or will it take to throw light on the high rate of suicides among employees in its Legal Service?


(4)This question is supported by a Member other than the author: Rosa D'Amato (EFDD).

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 3 May 2019Legal notice