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Document selected : B7-0089/2010

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Debates :

PV 09/02/2010 - 4
CRE 09/02/2010 - 4

Votes :

PV 09/02/2010 - 6.1

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to wind up the debate on the presentation by the Commission President-elect of the College of Commissioners and their programme

pursuant to Rule 106(4) of the Rules of Procedure

on election of the Commission

Timothy Kirkhope on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on election of the Commission  

The European Parliament,

–   having regard to its decision of 16 September 2009(1) electing José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the Commission,

–   having regard to the written and oral statements by each Commissioner-designate at the hearings with the parliamentary committees, and to the committees’ evaluations of the candidates after the hearings,

–   having regard to the presentation by the Commission President-elect of the College of Commissioners and their programme,

–   having regard to the framework agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the Commission approved on 9 February 2010,

–   having regard to Article 17(7) of the EU Treaty,

–   having regard to Rule 106(4) of and Annex XVII to its Rules of Procedure,

1.  Supports the right of Member States to nominate their Commissioners and the right of the President of the Commission, once elected, to decide how best to place Commissioners within the Commission; expresses its dissatisfaction, nevertheless, with much of the process by which nominees to the Commission have been chosen and allocated their portfolios;

2.  Regrets that the ‘take it or leave it’ approach that the Parliament is offered when considering the Commission leaves little scope for any meaningful verdict on the qualifications and performance of individual Commissioners;

3.  Regrets that there was a great lack of consistency in the way that individual nominees to the Commission were treated in their hearings; notes with dismay, nevertheless, that many nominees gave inadequate performances, replied with evasive answers to simple questions or played to the gallery by offering EU action in areas that do not feature on the agenda published by President Barroso before his confirmation;

4.  Requests that in future questions about the personal integrity of nominees to the Commission be dealt with in separate open hearings so that the main questions of competence and policy may be addressed fully in the main hearings;

5.  Regrets that in many cases a combination of evasive answers and poorly-conducted hearings have left several policy issues unanswered; regrets in particular that the question of security of energy supply to Europe has not been properly addressed, and calls on the Commission to:

(i) provide support for real diversification of energy supply to Europe, especially by supporting the Nabucco project, which will connect the European Union to the natural gas sources in the Caspian Sea and Middle East regions,

(ii) conduct a proper environmental impact assessment of the Nord Stream project, particularly by examining alternative routes, including an overland one,

(iii) undertake necessary action to obtain energy security in Europe by investment in infrastructure, interconnection of energy networks, common energy supply agreements and crisis management plans, in a spirit of solidarity between Member States;

6.  Expresses its concerns about several cases of unprecedented overlap or unclear allocation of responsibilities between different portfolios (especially as regards the transport sector, as the state aid competences and the Galileo file have been attributed to the portfolios of other Commissioners); expects the Commission to carry out coherent and well coordinated work in the areas falling under the scope of several Directorates-General and Commissioners;

7.  Seeks further clarifications and reassurances that the Commission will:

(i) act only when absolutely necessary and after due process, especially taking into account comprehensive impact assessments,

(ii) pay full attention to the principle of subsidiarity,

(iii) not seek to extend the acquis communitaire beyond that allowed by the Treaties,

(iv) especially in consideration of the present economic circumstances, not only live within its means and not seek further to extend its budget, but fully bear in mind the consequences for growth and employment of increasing the cost of social policy and regulatory intervention;

8.  Notes that the extraordinary delay in nominating the Commission has produced the anomalous and legally questionable situation whereby the Members of the previous Commission have been acting as Commissioners beyond their mandate; requests that such a situation be addressed with a legal clarification as to why a Commission whose mandate has expired is able to continue in office;

9.  Regrets that too many unanswered questions leave us unable to register the same degree of confidence in the Commission that we have been able to note in respect of its President;

10. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the European Council, the Council and the Commission.


Minutes of 16.9.2009, P7_PV(2009)09-16, Item 7.1.

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