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Romania & iacute; to propose & aacute; a new commissioner candidate but defends that “there is no conflict of interest” with the first

September 30, 2019


The Prime Minister of Romania, Viorica Dancila, confirmed Monday that his Government will propose a second candidate to be part of the European Commission of Ursula von der Leyen, although he has argued that “there is no conflict of interest” in the case of Rovana Plumb, which has been vetoed by the Eurocamara.

“We will make a new proposal for a European commissioner and, seeing the invitation to consultations made by the president, I would say it will be immediately,” said the head of government in a statement before the press made from the headquarters of her political formation, the Social Party Democrat.

Dancila has alluded to the political struggle with the Romanian president, Klaus Iohannis, that on Monday he has sent a letter to the prime minister in which he proposes to meet on Wednesday to decide in a round of consultations the candidate of Romania to the European Commission arguing This is “an urgent and especially important problem” for the country, according to the Agerpres news agency.

The Prime Minister has also taken the opportunity to defend the candidacy of Plumb, which was discarded for the Transport portfolio by the Committee of Legal Affairs of the European Parliament for the lack of transparency of the Romanian Socialist when reporting late on a loan .

“According to national legislation, there is no conflict of interest with Rovana Plumb,” Dancila has argued, criticizing that “in Community Law the legal framework is not clearly regulated,” so, in his opinion, the veto a The Romanian aspirant is the result of the “political game”.

“The Committee on Legal Affairs is at the root of the conflict between national legislation in Romania and European law, a conflict that goes far beyond the powers included in the rules of parliamentary procedure, as well as in the Treaty on European Union” , has denounced.

Dancila has affirmed that “the attitude of the Commission (of Legal Affairs) is deeply influenced by the Romanian opposition”, in which it has framed Iohannis himself. “Let's not forget the negative 'lobby' exercised by the leader of the Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, Dacian Ciolos, against Romania,” he added.

The future president of the European Commission had asked hours before both Romania and Hungary present alternative candidates as soon as possible. The Legal Affairs Committee also vetoed the Hungarian conservative László Trócsányi for also considering that there is a conflict of interest.

In the case of Hungary, the Government of Viktor Orban has presented this Monday to its ambassador to the European Union, Oliver Varhelyi, as an alternative candidate to occupy the Enlargement portfolio in the next European Commission, European sources have informed Europa Press .