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Liberals admit voting against Von der Leyen for European Commission

Von der Leyen negotiated with the conservatives and the far right. Figueiredo’s Cotrim accused her of not being “sufficiently committed.” Renovar’s support for the high-level pact is not guaranteed.

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The vice-president of the Liberals in the European Parliament, João Cotrim de Figueiredo, admitted on Wednesday that he had voted against Ursula von der Leyen for the position of President of the European Commission, for failing to fulfil her commitments and for engaging in dialogue with the extreme right.

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This candidate is not fulfilling the commitments she had with the Renew Europe group, she is holding talks with the European conservatives and reformists [ECR]a far-right group here in Parliament [Europeu]Is I don’t seem committed enough “in maintaining the solidity of the coalition that managed to guide the destiny of the European Union in the last legislature,” said João Cotrim de Figueiredo, in the European Parliament (EP), in Brussels.

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Following a three-hour meeting between Ursula von der Leyen and Renew Europe MEPs to try to secure the Liberals’ vote in next week’s elections in Strasbourg, France, João Cotrim de Figueiredo admitted that the candidate could fail in the elections.

If this position does not change by the time of the vote next week, Renew Europe’s support for von der Leyen’s re-candidacy is not guaranteed and the entire package of positions that are under discussion,” said the vice president of the Liberals.

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In response to journalists’ insistence on the subject, João Cotrim de Figueiredo clarified his position: “My vote at this time is no.“.

Source: Observadora

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