Gröna tveksamheter inför utfrågningarna


Måndag 27:e drar utfrågningarna av EU-kommissionärerskandidaterna igång i Europaparlamentets olika utskott. Först ut är Cecilia Malmström, handelskommissionär, och maltesen Karmenu Vella som fått miljö- och fiske på sitt bord.

Inför utfrågningarna har den Gröna Gruppen valt att lägga ut öppet sina tankar och funderingar kring kandidaterna. Malmström har man inte skrivit om ännu, men däremot Karmenu Vella. Isabella Lövin är den som tittat närmare på Vellas nominering:

”I am very doubtful about the choice of merging environment and fisheries into one portfolio and making one commissioner responsible for areas that previously were the charge of individual commissioners. The two previous commissioners for these portfolios, Janez Potočnik and Maria Damanaki, have both worked more than full time on their respective policy areas. The fisheries commissioner Maria Damanaki spent a lot of time and effort on the international dimension of the fisheries policy, such as global ocean protection and fighting illegal fishing internationally. I fear that these tasks will now become neglected, since Karmenu Vella will also have the broader environment portfolio to deal with.

If appointed, Karmenu Vella will have to report to the designated vice-president for energy union Alenka Bratušek and the vice-president for jobs, growth, investment and competitiveness Jyrki Katainen. Neither of these two ‘super-commissioners’ has been given the remit by Jean-Claude Juncker of defending the environment in cases of conflict between growth and environmental protection. That is very worrying.” Läs hela texten här.

En som EUbloggen tidigare pekat ut som en kandidat som kommer att få det tufft är ungraren Navracsics som Judith Sargentini kritiserar med de här orden:

”The decision to propose former Hungarian foreign minister Tibor Navracsics as commissioner for education, culture, youth and (particularly) citizenship is astonishing. Navracsics played a prominent role in the Viktor Orbán-led government that has been widely criticised for pursuing an anti-democratic agenda, undermining media freedom, pluralism and the independence of the judiciary. Just recently, the Hungarian National Investigation Bureau together with special police forces raided the offices of two NGOs, which work to promote human rights and democracy, without clear legitimate reasons why such an invasive measure was deemed necessary. We, as the Greens/EFA group, have requested EP president Schulz to investigate the facts and to ask the Commission to apply the new rule of law mechanism. How will a commissioner who played a key role in a government that infringes basic democratic freedoms and values contribute positively to the EU in the field of education, culture and youth?  Isn’t it a downright provocation to put him in charge of citizenship?”

Claude Turmes skriver om energi- och klimatportöljens Miguel Arias Canete från Spanien och vice ordföranden Alenka Bratusek, två andra som EUbloggen listat som möjliga minor för Juncker:

”Mr Cañete will have to clarify this during the hearings and convince the MEPs that he takes climate change seriously, contrary to what his government was doing in Spain. The government he served is well known for being pro-coal, pro-nuclear energy, pro shale-gas and being opposed to renewable energy. This is contrary to the goals President-elect Juncker outlined to the European Parliament before being voted in July.

As for the commission vice-president with responsibility for the energy union, Alenka Bratušek, I remain suspicious. The process of her nomination is very questionable and needs to be addressed at the different hearings in the European Parliament committees. Moreover, Ms Bratušek has not worked on energy issues before. Her reputed limited language skills also raise doubts about her ability to communicate and coordinate work with the other commissioners.”