Tonio Borg, recently nominated Commissioner, addresses European Parliament

Today, the ENVI, IMCO and AGRI Committees of the European Parliament held a 3 hours hearing on the appointment of Tonio Borg as Commissioner-designate for Health and Consumer Policy. Tonio Borg was nominated by Malta to replace former Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection John Dalli, after his resignation on the 16th of October 2012.  

The World Youth Alliance requested MEPs to be present and evaluate his professional competences, rather than his personal beliefs, regarding his future responsibility as Commissioner. With the exception of a few questions, most MEPs addressed Tonio Borg’s portfolio and competences under the EU Commission’s principle of collegiality, which provides for equal participation of the Commissioners in the adoption of decisions.

Dr. Borg emphasized that he will abide by the treaties as future Commissioner. He said he supported Reding’s proposal on quotas of women on boards, EU Commission reproductive health programmes, and the fight against HIV/AIDS, including education programmes. In repeated occasions he manifested his commitment to “ensuring that EU legislation will be developed with due respect to the principle of subsidiarity and solidarity.”

The World Youth Alliance welcomes Dr. Borg’s discourse and will monitor the European Parliament’s plenary vote on the proposal for a decision to nominate him.