Leo Brin­cat inches closer to ECA post

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

COREPER, the per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tives of EU mem­ber states, have ap­proved Leo Brin­cat’s nom­i­na­tion as Malta’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the Euro­pean Court of Au­di­tors.

It would seem that no rep­re­sen­ta­tive of an­other Mem­ber State called for a dis­cus­sion and so the nom­i­na­tion was deemed as ap­proved.

Two weeks ago the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment re­jected his nom­i­na­tion with a vote of 381 against, 229 in favour and 58 ab­sten­tions. The MEP’s vote was the sec­ond of three stages needed for the Mal­tese nom­i­nee to be con­firmed to serve at the ECA.

For­mer Min­is­ter Leo Brin­cat had only man­aged to scrape through the grilling by the Com­mit­tee for Bud­getary Con­trol of the EU with 11 votes against, 9 against and one ab­sten­tion. This news­room later re­vealed that it was Al­fred Sant’s vote that man­aged to save Dr Brin­cat, as the head of the PL del­e­ga­tion in Brus­sels, was called to sub­sti­tute a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee.

It was at this same bud­getary com­mit­tee stage that Malta’s first can­di­date for the post, Toni Abela, failed.

The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters of the Euro­pean Union is ex­pected to con­firm Mr Brin­cat’s nom­i­na­tion on 29 Septem­ber.

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