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CFC in the News - 2012

Malta Star

EU NGOs reject nomination of Tonio Borg

12 November 2012

A coalition of eight civil society organizations is calling on the European Parliament to reject the nomination of Tonio Borg as the next EU Health Commissioner and on EU Commission President Barosso to withdraw the nomination of Tonio Borg.

The eight civil society organizations are: Catholics for Choice, Confederation of Family Organisations in the European Union, European Humanist Federation, European Network against Racism, European AIDS Treatment Group, European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association, European Network – International Planned Parenthood Federation and Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants. These NGOs say that their concerns are shared by other NGOs, such as the European Public Health Alliance.

The eight NGOs said on Monday early afternoon that tomorrow, on 13 November 2012, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will be questioning Tonio Borg, Malta’s new nominee for the post of the EU Health Commissioner.

In a common statement the eight NGO said: “Our organisations are seriously concerned with Tonio Borg’s ultra conservative views on a number of social issues related to EU competencies. We believe that his long term, dedicated, consistent actions, statements, campaigns and voting records conveyed as ‘issues of conscience’ aimed at introducing and implementing policies and practices reflecting his views, are not compatible with the fundamental principles and values of the European Union and would prevent him from being an impartial Commissioner. This is especially the case for the public health portfolio. Tonio Borg’s appointment would be a serious risk to the principles of fundamental rights and a strong signal of departure by the European Commission from those principles.”

This article was originally published by the Malta Star.