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EU Hits Snarls in Filling European Commission

 

https://www.courthou...ean-commission/

 

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(Courthouse News) — BRUSSELS, Belgium — The start of the new European Commission, slated to open Friday, will be delayed at least a month, as three commissioners remain unseated.

 

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is short at least three commissioners for the Commission, which was scheduled to start Friday.

 

…The European Commission, or EC, is the executive body of the European Union and operates as a cabinet government with a representative from each of the 28 member states. Under EU law, every country must be represented and nations generally put forth a candidate in consultation with the president-elect. Candidates are scrutinized by the legal affairs committee.

 

This is where the trouble for two of von der Leyen’s commissioners started. In September, Romania’s Rovana Plumb and Hungary’s László Trócsányi were rejected for having conflicts of interest: Plumb for failing to disclose 1 million euros in loans in her financial declaration and Trócsányi for work for a law firm he founded, carried out on behalf of the Hungarian government.

 

…British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his first speech to parliament as prime minister, said: “We will not nominate a UK commissioner for the new commission.”


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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Legal Opinion: Poland, Hungary, Czechs Broke EU Migrant Law

 

https://www.courthou...eu-migrant-law/

 

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BRUSSELS (AP) — With overcrowded Greek migrant camps facing explosive new problems, a top EU legal adviser said Thursday that Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic broke European Union law by refusing to comply with a refugee quota program meant to address such challenges.

 

The legal opinion strikes to the core of Europe’s migrant crisis since 2015 — its struggle to create a unified migrant policy — a challenge that is resurfacing as Greece faces a new surge of migrant arrivals.

 

Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston recommended that the European Court of Justice — the EU’s highest court — should rule that the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland “have failed to fulfill their obligations under EU law” to take in refugees. Such legal opinions are not legally binding but are often followed by the court.

 

Meanwhile, Dunja Mijatovic, a commissioner for Human Rights at the Strasbourg, France-based Council of Europe, was appalled after a five-day visit to migrant camps on Greek islands.

 

“The situation of migrants, including asylum-seekers, in the Greek Aegean islands has dramatically worsened over the past 12 months,” said Mijatovic. “It is an explosive situation.”

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Refugees and migrants take part in a protest outside an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Samos on October 18, 2019.

(AP Photo/Michael Svarnias)


The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other.   - John Rawls


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New European Commission Approved by Parliament After Delay

 

https://www.courthou...nt-after-delay/

 

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STRASBOURG, France (Courthouse News) – After a month-long delay caused by the rejection of three candidates, the European Parliament on Wednesday finally voted in Ursula von der Leyen’s new European Commission.

 

By a 461-157 vote, the European Union’s legislative body approved the entire cabinet chosen by von der Leyen, the first woman to serve in the EU’s top executive post. Eighty-nine lawmakers abstained from the vote that took place in Strasbourg, France.

 

“Europeans can be the shapers of a better global order,” von der Leyen said in her first speech before Parliament as president of the Commission. “This is Europe’s vocation, and it is what European citizens want.”

 

She was elected to the role by Parliament in July. The vote on Wednesday was to approve her commission, the EU’s executive cabinet body which manages the day-to-day activities of the bloc.

 

The former German defense minister’s tenure had gotten off to a rocky start when three of her initial commissioner nominees didn’t survive the vetting phase. The first proposed candidates from France, Hungary and Romanian were rejected for conflicts of interests.

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European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen speaks to the European Parliament, meeting in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday ahead of the parliament’s vote to approve her full cabinet.

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New EU Leader Begins Work on Climate Crisis and Equality

 

https://www.courthou...s-and-equality/

 

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BRUSSELS (Courthouse News) – The first woman to serve as president of the European Commission (Ursula von der Leyen)

stepped into her role on Sunday, vowing to combat the worsening climate crisis, promote equality and improve government efficiency.

 

…Climate change, she said in her first speech before parliament as president, was an “existential challenge” to Europe but that the 28-member political and economic union “had the duty to act and the power to lead.”

 

The major focus of her tenure, she said, would be a Green New Deal.

 

“I want Europe to strive for more by being the first climate-neutral continent,” she wrote in her guidelines for the next European Commission.

 

…Her other priorities as president include cracking down on sweetheart tax deals with multinational companies, reining in the power of tech giants and revisiting the Dublin Regulation, an EU law which, among other things, requires refugees to seek asylum in the first EU country they arrive in.

 

It always gets me how "conservative" politicians in Europe end up sounding like liberal Democrats in the United States.  It shows how really conservative the United States is in contrast.

 

Not included in the extract I provided but discussed in the linked article are some references to past scandals and hints of poor management, including charges of plagiarism in the preparation of her doctoral thesis, and cost overruns during her oversight of the refurbishment of Gorch Fock, a German naval ship.


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