Reaction to Rumiana Jeleva ‘s performance at the confirmation hearings has been mixed.
She is perhaps the most controversial of all the commissioner nominees – if she fails to win sufficient backing, the EU Commission president will have to make a hasty reshuffle of his line up.
Greens MEP Judith Sargentini expressed her reservations: “In her ( Rumiana Jeleva) last answer to me she said she did not own the companies Global Consult and Autospar. I have paperwork that says she does. Well, may be the paperwork is not correct enough, but if it is, she told us that it wasn’t true. And then we have a problem”.
Hannes Swoboda of the Socialists and Democrats said: “I don’t give a final judgement because we have to decide as a group, of course as a whole, but for the Socialists and Democrats, for the moment, it is a no, that is for the moment”.
For others such as Liberal Democrat Charles Goerens, it was a question of putting the European Union and its institutions before personal ambition.
“We have an interest in putting and end to all the speculation and to have institutions which work.
I believe that President Barroso and the European Parliament are keen to sort this out as soon as possible but we cant end the debate without having everything clarified,” he said.