Leo Brincat expected to be approved today by the EU Competitiveness Council
Labour Party MP and former environment minister Leo Brincat is expected to have his nomination to the European Court of Auditors approved by the EU Competitiveness Council today.
The European Parliament had, through an overwhelming majority, objected to his nomination. Their decision is believed to be primarily due to Mr Brincat’s decision not to back a motion of no confidence in Minister without a portfolio Konrad Mizzi, due to the Panama Papers scandal.
The press officer for the Committee confirmed that he is expected to be approved, under the items listed without requiring any discussion, unless one of the other country’s representatives objects to this.
COREPER, the permanent representatives of EU member states, had approved Leo Brincat’s nomination as Malta’s representative in the European Court of Auditors, listing it under the items to be approved without deliberation within the next Minister’s council meeting, which is today.
Given that countries could have objected to the no discussion approval recommendation, it is likely that Mr Brincat would be approved by the Council Ministers. S&D MEP Ana Gomes (S&D being the European Political group within which the PL falls) had told this newsroom, after the EU Parliament vote, that she can’t imagine that the Maltese government would choose to persist with its nomination of Leo Brincat for the European Court of Auditors, or that Council would “dare go against the European Parliament’s view” given the sheer number of votes against.
Speaking with The Malta Independent, she had said that if they persist with the nomination, “such an action would not only result in them discrediting themselves, but it would also not put the working conditions of the nominee in a good light, should he be appointed”.