The European Parliament requires the revocation of Pieper as EU envoy for SMEs | EUROtoday

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The European Chamber has accredited the modification offered by the Greens to the textual content of the definitive analysis of the EU price range during which the EU government is requested to revoke the appointment of Mark Pieper European Union envoy for SMEs, a selection for which Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was the topic of sturdy criticism. The modification, handed with 382 votes in favour, 144 towards and 80 abstentions, notes “with concern that the chosen candidate is an outgoing deputy from von der Leyen's German political party and the Commission is invited to remedy the situation”.

The commissioners' criticisms: “Lack of transparency”

The Greens' modification, handed by a big majority, in actual fact, disavows the nomination endorsed by von der Leyen of Pieper, MEP of the EPP and the CDU, as the brand new EU envoy for small and medium-sized enterprises. In a last-ditch try, the EPP offered an oral modification earlier than the vote on the Greens' proposal during which Pieper's nomination was defended, underlining the necessity for a typical reference for European SMEs. However, the vast majority of the House was against placing the modification to the vote. Pieper's appointment has been on the forefront of the controversy in Brussels for days after 4 commissioners, in a letter, underlined the dearth of transparency of the process, supporting the thesis that the opposite two candidates within the operating had extra appropriate necessities to fill the function for which he was German MEP chosen.

EU Commission: we aren’t reacting to the vote, the duty stays

“We do not react to individual amendments that have been voted on. You know there are hundreds of articles in the report. We can react to all the recommendations made by Parliament in the context of the (budget) discharge report. The overall discharge report was positive, but we will react to the discharge as always. Parliament has the right to vote, but we have our institutional autonomy.” Thus the chief spokesperson of the European Commission, Eric Mamer, in the daily press briefing, answering a question on the European Parliament's vote rejecting the disputed nomination of the German CDU MEP Markus Pieper as EU envoy for SMEs. “Yes and yes”, replied the spokesperson to those that requested if the Commission was nonetheless satisfied that Mr Pieper is the best particular person for this job and if he’ll begin the function subsequent week, the sixteenth as deliberate.