It’s not true Mus­cat se­cured So­cial­ist sup­port – David Casa

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The tit-for-tat be­tween the Na­tion­al­ist Party and Labour Party fol­low­ing a dec­la­ra­tion by Prime Min­is­ter Joseph Mus­cat on To­nio Borg’s nom­i­na­tion as Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner con­tin­ued, with PN MEP David Casa pub­lish­ing a state­ment by the Euro­pean So­cial­ist Group in which it was de­clared that the so­cial­ists were not sup­port­ing Dr Borg.

“PM Joseph Mus­cat claimed he se­cured So­cial­ist sup­port. It’s a lie. He did not. The po­si­tion of the S&D group was clear as this press re­lease at­tests. They voted against To­nio Borg’s nom­i­na­tion,” Mr Casa said.

The press re­lease, is­sued on 21 Novem­ber 2012, is as fol­lows: “Last night’s S&D Group meet­ing saw a two-thirds ma­jor­ity vote not to sup­port To­nio Borg as Com­mis­sioner. Mr Borg has been pro­posed by the Mal­tese gov­ern­ment to suc­ceed John Dalli as Euro­pean Com­mis­sioner for Health and Con­sumer Pro­tec­tion. How­ever, mem­bers of the Group will be free to vote ac­cord­ing to their in­di­vid­ual as­sess­ments of Mr Borg’s per­for­mance and dec­la­ra­tions.”

Hannes Swo­boda, Pres­i­dent of the S&D Group, com­mented: “The S&D Group ac­knowl­edges Mr Borg’s per­for­mance dur­ing his hear­ing and took note of his dec­la­ra­tion that his per­sonal views would not in­ter­fere with his du­ties as Com­mis­sioner, if ap­pointed. But gen­der equal­ity and the rights of women and ho­mo­sex­u­als are still un­der fire from a part of Europe’s right wing and the S&D Group wants to see the po­si­tion filled by some­one with a track record on re­spect­ing and fur­ther­ing th­ese rights.”

Ahead of to­day’s vote in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment ple­nary ses­sion, he con­tin­ued: “Should Mr Borg be con­firmed by a ma­jor­ity of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment, we will co-op­er­ate with him in his area of com­pe­tence. He will then have the duty and op­por­tu­nity to con­vince the many cit­i­zens who have voiced doubts about his po­si­tion and his com­mit­ment to fun­da­men­tal rights.”

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