This is called timely. The European Parliament has "laundered" the candidate of France to sit on the European Commission, Sylvie Goulard, in the context of a case of alleged fictitious jobs, announced Friday the press service of the institution.
"The case in the European Parliament is closed.There are minor administrative irregularities noted, not systematic and unintentional.Reimbursement related to this case was made," said a spokesman for the Strasbourg instance.
Why was the nomination criticized?
President Emmanuel Macron's appointment of Sylvie Goulard on Wednesday to join the future Commission of Germany's Ursula von der Leyen had caused some gnashing of her teeth because of her presumed involvement in a fictitious job-seeker case. MEPs from the MoDem party.
This EU specialist with recognized skills, and centrist MEP from 2009 to 2017, had to leave his post as Minister of the Armed Forces just one month after his appointment in 2017, at the same time as the centrists François Bayrou and Marielle de Sarnez.
The announcement is expected to facilitate its hearing in Parliament, expected by the end of October. However, the 54-year-old candidate could be put in difficulty by another case. Generously paid work for an American think tank even though she was a MEP.
In its "declaration of interest", which each MEP must present to the European Parliament, Sylvie Goulard has indeed informed between 2013 and 2016 a role of "special advisor" with the "Berggruen Institute for governance" for "more than 10 000 euros gross per month ", an amount higher than his parliamentary allowance of around € 8 700 gross.
The investigation continues in France
In addition, the French judicial inquiry into the fictitious jobs case is continuing. Former parliamentary assistants and some MEPs were heard in this context. To date, Sylvie Goulard has not been summoned. It now seems, according to a source familiar with the case in France, that it is not the most involved among the six parliamentarians referred to in the case.