Lettera di Gabi Zimmer su Miguel Arias Cañete

To Mr. Juncker
President of the EC

Dr. Mr. President,

We are very concerned by the political profile of some of the candidates to the College of Commissioners, but with this letter we would like to point out on Mr. Miguel Arias Cañete, called to be Commissioner of Energy and Climate Change.

There are plenty of facts that araise serious doubts on Mr. Cañete to be in charge of the Energy and Climate Action portfolio. Some of them were brought to light during his last period as Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Enviromenment in Spain:

– He promoted the Coastal law reform, that not only was a step forwards of a model based in sauvage urbanization and depredation of the enviornment, but that introduced significant changes to clearly satisfy private interests related to the Popular Party;
– He is a clear defender of nuclear energy;
– As a Minister, when dealing with the CAP reform, he was clearly advocating against the greening elements of it;
– He has publicly stated in favor of fracking and oil prospections;
– Mr. Arias Cañete introduced changes in the electrical legislation that had as a dramatic consequence an important price increase, worsening the energetic poverty situation of milions of families in Spain:
– He modified the legislation related to reneable energies with the clear aim of favouring the big corporations. The effects of this reform devastated such an important sector in terms of environment and climate change.
But to all these “achivements” as Minister, we must add the fact that there is a clear conflict of interests. He only renounced to his participation in two big petrol companies, DUCAR s.l. and Petrologic Canarias, two days before he was nominated as a candidate. Besides, even though himself sold these participation, it is his family who holds the rest of them. DUCAR makes benefits of bunkering, a very dangerous practise that has been even of the EP concern in the past.

If these are not enough reasons, Mr. Arias Cañete performed one of the most polemics episodes during the past electoral campaing to the European elections. As head of the Popular Party list, in a public debates he stated that it was difficult to debate with a women beeing him a man, because he could not show his “intelectual superiority”. These declarations brought to light his repulsive sexism.

For all these reason, Mr. Juncker, we do believe that Mr. Arias Cañete is not suitable to be a the Commissioner of Energy and Climate Change and we ask you to reconsider and withdraw your proposal.

Yours sincerely,

Gabi Zimmer
President of GUE/NGL

Nuova Commissione: reazione di Gabi Zimmer, presidente gruppo GUE/NGL

Bruxelles, 10 settembre 2014

Gravi dubbi sulla composizione della nuova Commissione

La presidente del gruppo GUE/NGL ha dichiarato che la nuova Commissione europea, la cui formazione è stata annunciata oggi da Jean-Claude Juncker, dovrà cambiare radicalmente direzione se intende combattere la disoccupazione e la povertà e ristabilire la fiducia dei cittadini nell’Unione Europea.

“I vice-presidenti della Commissione avranno una responsabilità maggiore; non avremo 28 Commissari concentrati esclusivamente sui loro portafogli e sui loro interessi nazionali. Ma perché non c’è un «super-Commissiario» per la crescita economica e le norme minime economiche e sociali al fine di ridurre la disoccupazione e la povertà? Dato l’alto livello di disoccupazione giovanile e la crescente povertà ci saremmo aspettati la creazione di questo fondamentale portafoglio”, ha detto la presidente Zimmer.

Zimmer ha inoltre sottolineato che il Gruppo ha varie riserve su molti dei commissari designati:

“C’è da chiedersi se Oettinger, il Commissario designato per l’Economia e la società digitale, opererà davvero nell’interesse dei cittadini, dati i suoi trascorsi di Commissario per l’Energia che su questioni come la povertà energetica lo hanno visto impegnato soprattutto a rappresentare gli interessi delle compagnie. L’industria petrolifera accoglierà con favore la designazione di Miguel Cañete – tristemente noto per i suoi legami con le compagnie petrolifere e per i commenti sessisti espressi durante un dibattito televisivo – al ruolo di Commissario per l’Energia e il clima. E il candidato irlandese Hogan, designato all’Agricoltura, ha tentato di impedire alle autorità locali di dare alloggio a una famiglia nomade.”

Gabi Zimmer ha inoltre esposto le due principali richieste del Gruppo alla nuova Commissione:

“La Commissione precedente, in quanto parte della trojka, è stata direttamente responsabile dell’imposizione di tagli alla spesa pubblica e delle privatizzazioni che hanno gettato milioni di persone, soprattutto alla periferia d’Europa, in condizioni di disoccupazione e povertà. Vogliamo che la nuova Commissione abolisca la trojka e costruisca un’Unione sociale che dia priorità alla lotta contro la disoccupazione giovanile e agli investimenti sostenibili nelle infrastrutture per la creazione di posti di lavoro.

“Inoltre, sono ormai svariati anni che la Commissione negozia segretamente un Accordo sul libero scambio con gli Stati Uniti. Questo accordo, noto come TTIP, servirà soltanto gli interessi delle banche e delle corporazioni e non quelli dei cittadini. Chiediamo alla nuova Commissione di garantire la trasparenza e di rivelare immediatamente ai cittadini i contenuti dei negoziati.”

Fonte: http://www.guengl.eu/news/article/gue-ngl-news/serious-concerns-with-make-up-of-new-commission

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Brussels, September 10, 2014

Serious concerns with make-up of new Commission

As Jean-Claude Juncker proposed the new college of European Commissioners today, GUE/NGL President Gabi Zimmer said the new Commission must radically change direction if it is to fight unemployment and poverty and restore citizens’ confidence in the EU.

“The Commission Vice-Presidents will have greater responsibility; we won’t have 28 Commissioners only looking out for their own portfolio or their national interest. But why is there no ‘super Commissioner’ for the necessary dual task of economic growth and social and ecological minimum standards in order to reduce unemployment and poverty? We would have expected such a post to be created given the high level of youth unemployment and growing poverty,” said President Zimmer.

She outlined that the Group has several concerns with many of the Commissioners-designate:

“It is questionable whether Oettinger, the Commissioner-designate for Digital Economy and Society, will really act in the interests of citizens, given his track record as Energy Commissioner where he particularly represented the interests of energy companies on issues such as energy poverty. The oil industry will be pleased with the Energy and climate change portfolio nominee Miguel Canete, notorious for his links to oil companies as well as for sexist comments he made during a TV debate. And the Irish candidate Phil Hogan, nominee for Agriculture, tried to stop local authorities giving housing to a family from the traveller community.”

Gabi Zimmer also set out the Group’s two main demands on the new Commission:

“The previous Commission, as part of the Troika, was directly responsible for dictating cuts to public spending and privatisation that have thrown millions, particularly on the periphery of Europe, into unemployment and poverty. We want the new Commission to abolish the Troika and build a social Union that prioritises tackling youth unemployment and sustainable investment in infrastructure for job creation.

“In addition, for years now the Commission has been secretly negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with the United States. This agreement, known as TTIP, will only serve the interests of banks and corporations, and not the interests of citizens. We call on the new Commission to stand up for transparency and reveal the contents of the negotiations to citizens now.”

Source: http://www.guengl.eu/news/article/gue-ngl-news/serious-concerns-with-make-up-of-new-commission