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MEPs vote down Macron’s nominee for European Commission internal market post

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European Parliament lawmakers on Thursday voted overwhelmingly against approving the candidacy of Sylvie Goulard, French President Emmanuel Macrons choice to join the European Commission as a top official.

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Goulard, who faced two tense hearings by MEPs amid doubts over a series of scandals, obtained 82 votes against, 29 in favour and one abstention, several parliamentary sources told the AFP.

The rejection, which needs to be formally confirmed by senior MEPs, is a major blow for Macron, who had made gaining influence in the EU a key priority.

Goulard is the third commissioner to be rejected by the European Parliament, after MEPs also sent picks from Hungary and Romania packing.

A former MEP, Goulard resigned in June 2017 from her post as Frances defence minister after being questioned by investigators in a ghost jobs scandal involving an assistant at European Parliament.

The EU Anti-Fraud Office has also opened an investigation into the same caseRead More – Source

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