Responding to today's confirmation by a vote in the European Parliament of
the election of former Portuguese Premier Josť Manuel Barroso as the new
President of the European Commission, Euro-MPs from the SNP and Plaid
Cymru described Sr Barroso's appointment as "another political stitch up
in a week of political stitch ups in Europe".
from Strasbourg, SNP European Leader
Ian Hudghton MEP said:
Barroso's nomination only came about because European governments couldn't
agree on anyone else. Whilst I don't doubt his ability, to be put forward
as a candidate because heads of government can't agree on anyone else is
hardly the best recommendation.
of course work constructively with Barroso to further the interests of
Scotland in Europe, but his deeply unconvincing response to SNP
questioning during the nomination process certainly left me in no doubt
that I should vote against his appointment."
"Following the unholy Tory/Labour alliance that stitched up the Parliament
Presidency on Tuesday, this is another political stitch up in a week of
political stitch ups in Europe."
Cymru Euro-MP Jill Evans MEP commented:
challenged Barroso on improving the level of representation for devolved
governments such as those of Wales at the European level.
he professed a commitment to devolution in domestic politics, he failed to
give me any assurance that he'd take action at European level to improve
Welsh representation in Europe.
uninspired answer on that issue, combined with his unswerving support for
the Iraq war, his domestic record on social policy and his stance on
approving GM foods were the main reasons why I opposed his nomination
"Barroso's ability and competence has never been in any doubt throughout
the nomination process and we congratulate him on his success.
Nonetheless, despite repeated challenges from myself and colleagues he
failed to give us the assurances we sought.
utterly unconvincing on the need to devolve decision to the most local
level appropriate nor from my point of view on the need to bring the
Scottish Parliament into the EU's decision making.
has said repeatedly that as Commission President he wants to bridge the
differences and disagreements that exist on taking Europe forward - this
commitment will now be put to the test."