EU parliamentarians approve Polish agri commissioner candidate

2019-10-08 18:07 update: 2019-10-13, 21:12
The candidature of Poland's Janusz Wojciechowski for the EU agriculture commissioner was approved on Tuesday by all coordinators of the European Parliament (EP) agriculture committee, following a second hearing of the candidate.

Last week, the European Parliament's agriculture committee failed to give Wojciechowski the green light for the EU agriculture commissioner's seat.

The second hearing of Wojciechowski on Tuesday was considered by some MEPs as more concrete than the one held last week.

The head of the EP agriculture committee, Norbert Nils, thanked Wojciechowski for his answers and for having made them more concrete than during the previous hearing. A positive opinion was also voiced by former Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Cilos.

But there were also critical opinions, like the one voiced by MEP Marlene Mortler, who said that Wojciechowski's answers were not concrete enough with regard to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

Wojciechowski declared during Tuesday's hearing that EU agriculture must be competitive in order to ensure food security to 500 million EU citizens.

"I will be defending a strong and responsible budget for agriculture and development of rural areas in order to create new jobs and decent living conditions," Wojciechowski said.  

He also declared that he would take steps aimed at reducing bureaucracy in agriculture. 

Wojciechowski was the head of Poland's Supreme Audit Office in 1995-2001, a member of the European Parliament in 1999-2016 and is currently an auditor in the European Court of Auditors for the 2016-2022 term.

Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Twitter that Wojciechowski's approval was "great news for Polish farmers."

PM Mateusz Morawiecki, also on Twitter, said that the European Commission's agriculture department that Poland had acquired was "a great negotiation success and a huge responsibility for a budget worth more than 300 bln euros."

"I'm certain that Janusz Wojciechowski will represent farmers' interests well," the prime minister added. (PAP)

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