Tonio Borg appointed as commissioner for health and consumer affairs

On Wednesday, 21 November, the Members of the European Parliament voted in favour of Commissioner-designate Tonio Borg following a period of extensive investigation.

Photo: Tonio Borg appointed as commissioner for health and consumer affairs

Mr. Borg received 386 votes in favour of him with 281 against. The main argument for the votes against the Commissioner is the believe that his personal values (which are considered conservative) might not make him the right person to lead an agenda in which equal access and treatment of all in need is of great importance. Overall there appears to be little doubt about his knowledge of the portfolio and his political skills, although the new Commissioner had to reiterate several times that he will not water down the Tobacco Directive, and that he will ‘work proactively to fight discrimination’.


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