The Council is responsible the appointment of Members of the European Court of Auditors. In this process, the utmost importance should be attached to the independence of candidates and their cessation of all political and other professional activities.
The Member of the Court of Auditors from Belgium, Karel Pinxten, admits that, de facto, he still holds the office of mayor in Belgium and is a member of the board of a large chemical company. In addition, Mr Pinxten has been accused of spending only one working day a month in Luxembourg.
Is the Council aware of this situation and the related criticisms? What action does the Council intend to take? Can the Council appreciate that the coordinators of the Committee on Budgetary Control would like this matter to be referred to the European Court of Justice (with reference to Article 247 of the Treaty) and can the Council associate itself with this course of action?