ALDE rejects candidacy of Tonio Borg
The Alliance of Liberal and Democrats in Europe has announced that is will be withholding its support for the confirmation of Tonio Borg as Commissioner with regard to the particular portfolio for which he has been nominated.
ALDE said that while it recognises that Dr Borg gave a profound performance at the hearing on Tuesday and is competent and capable, his views on homosexuality, divorce, abortion, and the scientific use of tissues and cells have been well reported and, while he stated his opposition to discrimination and support for human rights, he made no attempt to deny his opinions on social issues of great importance.
The health portfolio embraces a range of issues where impartiality is crucial. ALDE said that the personal views of a Commissioner should play no part in shaping policies that affect individuals of both genders and of all sexual orientations. But in the case of Dr Borg it is not assured that the necessary impartiality would prevail.
According to the EP's rules of procedure, on Tuesday Mr Borg was assessed on the basis of his general competence, European commitment, personal independence and the second part relating to the management of portfolio and cooperation with European Parliament.
During the hearing, ALDE MEPs expressed serious concerns about Mr. Borg's past record which suggested a discriminatory attitude on homosexuality, divorce and abortion which would be incompatible with his responsibilities as EU public health and consumer policy commissioner as well as with respect to fundamental rights.
European Parliament will decide by a majority of votes on the appointment of the Commissioner by secret ballot during the November plenary session.