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The Short: EU Parliament rejects two candidates

Last updated on October 9, 2019

Wo candidates are blocked during the very first screening of the European Parliament.

The Hungarian, Laszlo Trocsanyi in the Popular group along with also the Romanian, Rovana Plumb in the Socialist group.

Trocsanyi abandoned the committee stating that he’s a clean conscience, but the MEPs weren’t happy with his explanations regarding his function at an attorney company.

Plumb confessed she had nothing to conceal, but was not able to reassure MEPs about 2 loans she’d obtained.

“At this stage what we’re saying is that there’s a conflict of interest, thus we can’t validate. This is our function.

This usually means that both candidates won’t even reach another step: the hearings in which they must be examined in their competences.

“We see this political witch hunt and we are going to deal with this based on this. We are elements of a Profession process with a verdict composed beforehand – that reminds into the worst communists occasions,” Hungarian MEP Jozsef Szajer explained.

Currently, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen will need to determine how to proceed forward. The next step may be to inquire about Budapest and Bucharest to ship fresh candidates.

And other news in short…

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is launching a brand-new coal mine.

It’ll be the very first in the nation since 1994.

French President Emmanuel Macron needs a minimal carbon cost across the EU. However, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Estonia want to block attempts to produce the entire EU devote to the carbon neutrality objective.

Poland needs EU financing to assist with the transition.

“it’s quite simple for states that have reduced emission to be rough and to prepare the targets. But not everyone begins from the same stage and Poland was using coal for several years and it is still 80% of this energy comes from coal in Poland,” Deputy Secretary-General in Euracoal Magdalena Chawuła-Kosuri clarified.

Incoming President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has assured that there’ll be a brand new Green Deal for Europe.

But that is very likely to lead to regular spats over coal between Brussels and Warsaw.