NEWS Mr Karmenu Vella, the former Tourism Minister in the Maltese Government, was today nominated as EU Commissioner the Environment, Martime Affairs and Fisheries portfolio. The announcement was made in Brussels by Commissioner President-elect Jean Claude Juncker.
The Commmission said that environmental, maritime and fisheries policies have in common firstly, the need to conserve national resources and secondly that they are all crucial vectors for our competitiveness.
The Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios have been combined to reflect the twin logic of “Blue” and “Green” Growth – environment and maritime conservation policies can play a key role in creating jobs, preserving resources, stimulating growth and encouraging investment.
Protecting the environment and maintaining our competitiveness have to go hand-in-hand: both are about a sustainable future, the EU Commission said.
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In a next step, the European Parliament has to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High-Representative Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. This is preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees, in line with Rule 118 of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission.
Karmenu Vella nominated EU Commissioner-Designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
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