Ursula von der Leyen is expected to come up with a solution
The JURI Committee today rejected the nominations of Romanian and Hungarian Commissioners due to certain issues that came up regarding their asset declaration. This unprecedented decision puts the hot issue in the hands of the President of the European Commission, who has two options, as Reuters reports: either to push for the appointment of the nominees despite being rejected by the Legal Committee, or to clash with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the Romanian government, asking them to nominate other Commissioners.
Earlier it was announced that Romanian candidate Commissioner Rovana Plumb (photo) had sent a letter written in English to the JURI committee announcing that she had repaid the loan of 800,000 lei. The text also mentions that she has already offered the creditor two apartments she had in her possession, which were accepted as a way of paying off the debt.
Plumb told Digi24 that by October 23, when the new European Commission asks for the European Parliament’s vote, she will have paid off all debts of hers that are included in the concept of the conflicts of interest.
Von der Leyen is expected to make her decision after receiving a formal letter from European Parliament President David Sassoli.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, meanwhile, has asked Prime Minister Viorica Dancila to point out for him a new candidate to nominate as a commissioner. /ibna