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Reject Borg, German MEP says

By Toby Vogel  -  08.11.2012 / 22:38 CET
German Liberal calls for Commission to reject Borg as candidate to succeed John Dalli.

A German member of the European Parliament has said that Tonio Borg, Malta's foreign minister, should not be allowed to join the college of European commissioners.

"Commission president [José Manuel] Barroso should not have accepted Tonio Borg as candidate for the job of health commissioner,"said Holger Krahmer, a German Liberal MEP. "Either Malta withdraws Borg as candidate or Barroso must reject him, even before [Borg's] hearing in the European Parliament next week," he said.

Borg's hearing before two Parliament committees - for the environment, public health and food safety, and for internal market and consumer protection - is scheduled for Tuesday (13 November).

Borg has come under criticism for his socially conservative views, on women's rights, homosexuality and abortion. He now also faces questions over a Kazakh citizen who was granted residency in Malta at a time when Kazakhstan was seeking his extradition.

He was put forward by Malta's centre-right government to replace John Dalli, who resigned last month over allegations of influence-peddling.

"A court should decide over the allegations against Borg," Krahmer - the spokesman on the environment for the German Liberal MEPs - said. "I do, however, think it is remarkable that the president of the Commission should make such a proposal to the European Parliament."

The European Parliament is consulted on commissioners' nominations but does not have the power to reject candidates.

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