Along with the EPP Group, a total of 82 Members of the Industry and Internal Market Committees from a large range of political groups decided that the French Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard cannot become European Commissioner.

“It was surprising to many that the experienced Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard was not able to take a number of concerns – issues of trust and integrity – off the table, most of all the question ‘How can you be unfit to be a Minister in France and at the same time be good enough to be a European Commissioner?’ This double standard is unacceptable. The EPP Group takes the integrity of our Institutions very seriously and we could therefore not support her”, said Vice-Chairwoman of the EPP Group Esther de Lange MEP after the vote on the Commissioner-designate.