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January 22, 2021

Liberal MEP Nicolai abstains from voting on EEAS set-up

The head of the delegation of the Romanian Liberals in the European Parliament, Norica Nicolai, ab­stained from the report green-lighting the setting up of the European External Action Service (EEAS), by that protesting the poor representation of 21 member states, including Romania, in the new body’s leading structure. According to a press release issued to Mediafax on Thurs­day, Norica Nicolai, Vice-President of the EP’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence, explained that, out of 115 positions, only 5, representing less than 5 per cent were reserved for the states in question. ‘It is inadmissible that 200 million European citizens, including the over 20 million Romanians, are not represented in the leadership of this service in any way. How could five positions be justly allocated to 21 states? It is a rhetorical question older EU member states refuse to answer, because they do not want the geographical criterion to apply in this case. I abstained from voting because I refused to enact such an injustice,’ said the PNL MEP.

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