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Parliamentary questions
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10 August 2020
E-004536/2020
Question for written answer E-004536/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Markus Buchheit (ID), Jörg Meuthen (ID), Bernhard Zimniok (ID), Joachim Kuhs (ID), Maximilian Krah (ID), Nicolaus Fest (ID)
 Subject: Backroom deals to secure election of Commission President von der Leyen

The Commission President’s attempts to directly influence Croatia’s election, as demonstrated by the video message she recorded in support of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), the governing party of Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, raises questions concerning the Commission’s interest in facilitating Plenković's re-election.

Mr Plenković publicly backed Manfred Weber for the post of Commission President, not Ursula von der Leyen (1) . In late June 2019, by which point Manfred Weber had already dropped out of the race, Andrej Plenković himself was even touted as a candidate (2) . Could it be, therefore, that certain promises were made to Mr Plenković if he agreed to not throw his hat into the ring in order to keep the path clear for the current Commission President? Can the Commission clarify exactly what went on by answering the following question:

Did Ms von der Leyen, or people from her camp, strike deals to secure Mr Plenković’s backing of her bid to become Commission President by pledging Commission support for his re-election as Croatia’s Prime Minister if he agreed to stay out of the race and/or withdraw his endorsement of Mr Weber?

(1)https://www.total-croatia-news.com/politics/39141-european-commission, accessed on 17 July 2020
(2)https://www.dw.com/en/weber-wont-be-next-european-commission-president-report/a-49408003, accessed on 17 July 2020
Original language of question: DE
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