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Parliamentary questions
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2 December 2019
Priority question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Dimitrios Papadimoulis
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Political bias displayed by Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas

On his first day in office as Commission Vice-President, Mr Schinas addressed a New Democracy party conference in Greece.

In his speech, (1) he came out unequivocally in favour of the ruling party, while inveighing against the previous government led by former Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

In particular, he stated that the position of Greece as an equal partner in the EU was being jeopardised by a number of ‘sorcerer’s apprentices’ seeking to make careers for themselves at the expense of the Greeks they were supposed to be representing, especially the most vulnerable. He went on to refer to a five-year populist offensive.

In a related tweet, he commented that, if Greece were able once more to achieve serious credibility, stability, sound European credentials and good governance, it would be thanks to the present government and not the previous one.’ (2)

In view of this:

What is the position of the Commission regarding the above utterances, which constitute open interference in Greek national party politics, from which the Commission as a body and individual Commissioners are required to remain aloof, having a duty to display political neutrality and impartiality?  (3)

What action will she take to restore political neutrality now and in the future, ensuring compliance by Vice-President Schinas and the Commission as a whole?

(1) https://nd.gr/omilia-toy-antiproedroy-tis-eyropaikis-epitropis-k-margariti-shoina-sto-13o-synedrio-tis-neas
(2) https://mobile.twitter.com/MargSchinas/status/1201116130393444352
(3) Article 17 TEU, Article 245 TFEU and Article 10 Merger Treaty.
Original language of question: EL
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