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Fine Gael must explain undermining democratic process in nomination of new President of European Commission - Anderson

3 July, 2019 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has hit out at Fine Gael for facilitating the undemocratic nomination of the future president of the European Commission. 

European Union leaders have formally agreed on German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

Speaking from Strasbourg Martina Anderson said:

“What we have seen here is a shameful series of undemocratic backroom deals to decide who will lead the EuropeanCommission. We need to be creating EU institutions people can trust. How can they do that with EU leaders flagrantly disregard democratic norms.  

“The nomination of the future president of the European Commission clearly shows that we need further democratic reform of the EU. 

“The EU has a flawed system for selecting the president of the Commission. Five years ago, when the last president of the Commission was nominated we were told there would be reforms made to the process to make it more democratic and transparent. Instead, this time around the process has been circumvented entirely. 

“Fine Gael needs to explain why they have undermined the democratic process. 

“They need to answer the claims that the process was subverted to appease the likes of Viktor Orban who wanted a more conservative candidate.” 

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