Budgetary control MEPs endorsed a Court of Auditors (ECA) member from Croatia, while rejecting the Romanian candidate in a secret ballot on Monday.
MEPs turned down the candidacy of Viorel Ștefan, a Member of the Romanian Parliament and a Deputy Prime Minister, by 8 votes to 12. During the hearing, several MEPs questioned his role in the country’s poor record in tackling corruption.
At the same time, they endorsed the Croatian candidate Ivana Maletić with 11 votes to 8 with 2 abstentions. As a Croatian MEP (EPP), Ms. Maletić is a member of Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs. Before joining the European Parliament in 2013, she held various offices in the Croatian public administration. Ms Maletić has obtained a master’s degree in Accounting, Auditing and Finance. She also holds a master's degree in Economics and Business.
Both candidates still face a vote by the full house next week in Strasbourg.
The European Court of Auditors, the Luxembourg-based EU’s financial watchdog, has 28 members, one from each EU member state. They are appointed for a renewable term of six years. The Council, after consulting the European Parliament, decides on the candidate presented by each country. If the opinion, adopted by Parliament, on an individual nomination, is unfavourable, the President asks the Council to withdraw the nomination and to submit a new one to Parliament. However, the Council can also proceed with the appointment of candidates rejected by the Parliament.