The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Commission on Monday rejected the Romanian and Hungarian candidates for the European Commission, deeming them unsuitable for the post, various members of the parliamentary body disclosed.
On Thursday last, the MEPs, tasked with analysing the statements of interest from the would-be commissioners, had already refused to give the green light to Romania’s Rovana Plum and Hungarian Laszlo Trocsanyi.
This decision seriously weakened their chances of sitting on the team led by Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen. It prevented them, in any event, from being auditioned this week by the Commission, an indispensable stage in their bid to be appointed.
Following Thursday’s “No” vote, the speaker of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, had asked the Legal Affairs commission members on Friday to hold another meeting to finetune their objections and clarify their demands.
On Monday morning, the parliamentarians confirmed their rejection of the two candidates, calling for them to be replaced.
According to the procedure, Speaker Sassoli will now write to Commission President von der Leyen to ask her what she intends to do now, a parliamentary spokesman explained.
Plumb, who sought the Transport portfolio, was unable to account last week for two loans queried by the parliamentarians.
Trocsanyi, designated to the Expansion portfolio, had been asked to explain his links to the lawyers’ consultancy he founded in 1991 before becoming justice minister in Viktor Orban’s government.