Question for Written Answer: Selection procedure for the appointment of Commission Secretary General Martin Selmayr – integrity of Commission appointment procedures – Regulation No 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC)

Question for written answer to the Commission (Rule 130) by Sven Giegold (Verts/ALE) and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE) regarding “Selection procedure for the appointment of Commission Secretary General Martin Selmayr – integrity of Commission appointment procedures – Regulation No 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC)”.

Question for written answer P-001456/2018
to the Commission
Rule 130
Sven Giegold (Verts/ALE) and Ramon Tremosa i Balcells (ALDE)

Subject: Selection procedure for the appointment of Commission Secretary General Martin Selmayr – integrity of Commission appointment procedures – Regulation No 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC)

On 21 February, Commission President Juncker informed the College of Mr Selmayr’s appointment as Commission Secretary General. One Member, Mr Katainen, said that the Commissioners were not aware of this before the College meeting.
Have Articles 4, 7 and 29 of Regulation No 31 (EEC), 11 (EAEC) been respected for this appointment? The selection procedure was carried out under time pressure, lasting only 15 days.
Commissioner Oettinger has stated that he was not informed on this matter beforehand, yet Article 4 of the above Regulation requires that the appointing authority be informed.
1. Will the Commission publish all documentation related to this case to establish that the procedure was fully in line with the Regulation and explain the exemption from the requirement to open this position to applications?
2. According to information currently available, President Juncker had known for two and a half years that Mr Italianer intended to step down on 1 March 2018. Why did he not allow for a real selection procedure under less urgent time constraints?
3. Press reports suggest that Mr Selmayr, in his new position, also chairs President Juncker’s cabinet meetings and that Clara Martinez Alberola, now President Juncker’s head of cabinet, will become Director General of the Commission’s Legal Service. What rules protect the Commission’s integrity when exercising its judicial role independently from its political role?

Source: European Parliament

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