What The Papers Say: MEP vote sparks little confidence in the EC

The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) threatened to oust all the 20 Commissioners last week, after refusing to sign off the European Commission (EC) budget.

The Members of European Parliament (MEPs) threatened to oust all

the 20 Commissioners last week, after refusing to sign off the European

Commission (EC) budget.



There was never any doubt in the press that the EC was guilty of fraud,

mismanagement, nepotism and secrecy. Defining the extent of

mismanagement, as attempted by a lonely letter from the EC to the Times,

was not effective.



In the event, the dismissal of the Commissioners was avoided, but the EC

was shaken by the MEPs’ low vote.



Was the parliament’s threat to the EC a victory or a cop-out? The

negative press balance reflects the politics of the papers. But on both

left and right, there was disappointment that the tone of Jacques

Santer’s statements before and after the vote should have been so

arrogant.



What did seem to unite all the press, however, was a desire to have a

European parliament with a stronger democratic mandate and powers.



Evaluation and analysis by CARMA International. Cuttings supplied by the

Broadcast Monitoring Company. ’What The Papers Say’ can be found at:

www.carma.com.



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