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Belgium’s Choice for EU Commission Confronts graft Question

Last updated on September 15, 2019

BRUSSELS (Reuters) — Belgium’s candidate for the Australian Commission, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders, faces a preliminary investigation into accusations of money laundering from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgian government and two papers stated.

It wasn’t readily available for additional comment on Sunday.

Reported by Belgium’s L’Echo and De Tijd papers on Saturday, the analysis is at a early phase but comes as Reynders bids to become EU justice commissioner, that is accountable for ensuring rule of law throughout the bloc.

Reynders office wasn’t immediately available for comment.

Hearings in the European Parliament to the suitability of the following set of commissioners begin on Sept. 30, together with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen looking for a powerful mandate to challenges such as climate change, greater ties with Washington and also a much more assertive China.