EP vote on the designation of Tonio BORG as Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy: - extracts from the vote

Type: News   Reference: 87927   Duration: 00:01:35  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 21/11/2012   First transmission: 21/11/2012
Tonio Borg, Malta's candidate to replace resigning Commissioner John Dalli, was supported by MEPs on Wednesday with 386 votes in favour, 281 against and 28 abstentions. Mr Borg's approval should now be finalised by the Council in the coming days. He will then be able to take up his post as Commissioner for health and consumer affairs. Mr Borg underwent a three hour public hearing with MEPs from the Environment, Internal Market and Agriculture committees last week. At their request, he then provided written assurances of his commitment to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, tobacco legislation, and the rights of women and LGBT people. Ahead of the vote, the ALDE, Greens and GUE groups declared that they could not support Mr Borg.

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00:00:00 TITLE : EP vote on the designation of Tonio BORG as Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy: - extracts from the vote 00:00:05
00:00:05 EXTERIOR Shot of the European Parliament 00:00:05
00:00:10 EP President Martin SCHULZ introducing the vote 00:00:24
00:00:34 Opening of the vote 00:00:18
00:00:52 Vote results : Voting : 695 In favour : 386 Against : 280 Abstentions : 28 00:00:08
00:01:00 Applauses. 00:00:19
00:01:19 SOUNDBITE (English) Maros SEFCOVIC, EU Commissionner in charge of Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration "The Commission welcome the result and it is now for the Council in common accord with the President of the European Commission to take next step. I know that there is a big agenda ahead and once procedure completed Mister Borg will start immediately as he promised in the Hearings. Thank you very much Mister President." 00:00:16
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