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Tonio Borg approved by Committee

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Tonio Borg's nomination as Commissioner Designate has been approved by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) and of the Conference of Commitee Chairs.

A statement on Tuesday's hearing is expected to be published in the next few hours and it is understood that it will be a positive recommendation.

During the hearing, the would-be European Commissioner spoke about his extensive work to bring Malta into the EU and promised to give his full cooperation to the European Parliament.

Dr Borg, who has recently come under fire for what were described as his outdated, ‘dinosaur’ personal values, said he would be independent and objective without being hypocritical and abandoning his values.

He was grilled on sensitive topics including the tobacco directive, his views on abortion, same-sex couples and LGBT rights and the OLAF investigation.

In all his answers, he did his best to balance European impartiality and fairness with the Christian Democratic beliefs of the Nationalist Party he belongs to.

“I will not be the Maltese Commissioner, but the European Commissioner,” he said, amid applause.

“I have tried to answer all questions comprehensively. What you see is what you get. There is no hidden agenda with me,” Tonio Borg told the Committee members during the hearing.

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