The Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament has given its approval this Wednesday to the declaration of assets filed by the minister in the functions of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Josep Borrell, in their condition of the next High Representative for Foreign Policy and Common Security of the EU and vice-president of the European Commission, according to have informed to Europa Press sources in europe.
In this way, it Did not force you to Borrell to sell their shares in listed companies (Bayer, Iberdrola and BBVA), which had led to a request for additional information by the Commission.
The statement has been endorsed with 17 votes in favour and seven against, which have been the Group of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), which belongs to Vox; of the European united Left (GUE), in which it integrates United we Can; and The Greens-ALE, which form part of CKD.
The Committee on Legal Affairs had until 27 September to give their approval to the candidates for european commissioners before they begin their parliamentary hearings on the 30th. Borrell will appear before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the european Parliament on the 7th of October.Questioned about their actions
With the only opposition of the socialist deputies present, the Committee on Legal Affairs sent to Borrell two cards. In the first, requesting additional information about your goods, while in the second you wondered if you would be willing to part with the items of your estate that could give rise to conflicts of interests in the future.
The response still minister of Foreign Affairs in functions to this second letter was not see the need to sell their shares in multinational companies, unless the deputies forced him to do so. "My actions represent an amount far small of my financial assets, in particular 2.3% in the case of Iberdrola, 2.5% in the case of Bayer and 8,10% in the case of BBVA," he said.
"The sector of activity of those companies (renewable energy, pharmaceutical and banking) has no relation with the responsibility that I have been assuming up to now , as minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain," added Borrell, who stressed, however, that "if you believe it may be an argument that would indicate a potential conflict of interest, I would love to have it in mind and follow their directions".Continue the doubts about the four candidates
The Legal Affairs Committee of the european Parliament maintains his doubts about the absence of conflict of interests for the declarations of assets submitted by the Hungarian László Trócsányi, the Romanian Rovana Plumb, the Polish Janusz Wojciechowski and the austrian Johannes Hahn, candidates for all of them to the European Commission for their respective countries.
The cases that the doubts raised are those of the commissioner appointed Hungarian, that he would assume the portfolio of Enlargement and Neighbourhood, and of the Romanian, who shall Transport, be invited to a hearing Thursday before the Committee on Legal Affairs to provide clarification.Updated Date: 26 September 2019, 06:01