EP – NGOs Concerned Ahead Of Oettinger Hearing

2017_01_05_oettinger_letter_logosSeveral NGOs, including ILGA-Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) have written to MEPs ahead of a hearing, which will decide if Commissioner Oettinger will take over the ‘human resources and budget’ portfolio. 

ILGA has commented:

“At this crucial moment for the EU, it is more vital than ever to have a strong and credible commitment from the European Commission to counter discrimination and act for equality for all.

The Commissioner in charge of human resources must lead by example. He or she should have clear plans for action to make equality for all a reality and speak out against racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia. How else would they be expected to inspire others to do the same?

In our view, Commissioner Oettinger is not the right person for this task”.

Below is a partial text of the joint letter from ILGA and some other NGOs to MEPs, stating why they think that Oettinger is an unsuitable candidate for the human resources and budget portfolio:

“Brussels, 5 January 2017

Dear Members of the European Parliament,

Next week, you are asked to reply to European Commission President Juncker’s proposal to put Commissioner Günther Oettinger in charge of supervising the EU budget and managing the Human Resources of the European Commission.

As organisations working towards equality, non-discrimination and campaigning for transparency and ethics, we do not think that Commissioner Oettinger is suitable to oversee Human Resources at the European Commission.

Commissioner Oettinger has made racist, sexist and homophobic remarks on several occasions in the past, most recently at a speech he gave in an official capacity in Hamburg on 26 October. [..]

On top of this, there have been repeated media reports of undisclosed meetings, most recently when Oettinger met with the unregistered German lobbyist Klaus Mangold during a flight on a private jet to Budapest in May 2016.

To this day it remains unclear what the exact circumstances of this flight have been and if he broke ethics and/or transparency rules. In our view, Oettinger is unfit to inspire compliance with existing ethics and transparency rules among Commission staff and his peers.

The undersigned organisations therefore urge the European Parliament to oppose that Commissioner Oettinger be put in charge of Human Resources at the European Commission:

ILGA-Europe, European Women’s Lobby, Transparency International EU, European Network Against Racism, Corporate Europe Observatory, IPPF European Network, Oxfam International EU Advocacy Office (Oxfam International), Volonteurope, Stichting ERGO Network (ERGO), Lobbycontrol”.

Full text of Joint Letter at link below:

PDF format here

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