Ursula von der Leyen, the elected President of the European Commission is in Strasbourg this Thursday 19 September to organize the auditions of the candidates commissioners scheduled for the end of the month. Several of them arouse reservations among the deputies, who also have questions about the division of powers.
With our special correspondent in Strasbourg, Juliette Gheerbrant
The visit of Ursula von der Leyen comes in full controversy over the commission in charge of immigration. The title, "Protection of the European way of life", is explosive and the future commissioner Margaritis Schinas has not finished fighting for it. However, according to Conservative MP François-Xavier Bellamy, there is no question of the President changing her mind .
The Democracy and Demography Commission is also debating. Several candidates are challenged. Among others, the French Sylvie Goulard, who had resigned from the government for alleged involvement in a case of fictitious jobs in the European Parliament, and the Hungarian Laszlo Trocsanyi, Minister of Justice Viktor Orban, who should ensure compliance with Rule of law of the candidate countries for entry into the European Union.
In Strasbourg, some elected representatives deplore in advance probable "haggling" between the main political groups, which would allow contested candidates to maintain themselves. At the expense of the functioning and the image of the European institutions.
Auditions of commissioners in Parliament will begin at the end of the month. Candidates will have to justify their competences to the deputies gathered in thematic commissions. Ecologist Yannick Jadot salutes this passing examination as an example of democracy. In France, future ministers are not heard in the National Assembly before their appointment.