Maltese EU commissioner-elect Dalli earmarked for justice portfolio – Maltatoday

epa06027284 Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties in Malta Helena Dalli delivers her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 14 June 2017, about the Preparation of the European Council of 22 and 23 June 2017. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

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Helena Dalli, the Maltese commissioner-elect for the Von der Leyer executive in Brussels, will face the political test of her lifetime: the former equalities minister has been nominated for the justice portfolio.

Official posts are yet to be announced, but a leaked document seen by MaltaToday shows that Dalli is expected to take on the post once held by Vera Jourová.

MaltaToday reports “Observers of European affairs will instantly notice the way tables have turned: in the past, the commissioners who held the post have been critics of Maltese governance, first with Viviane Reding after Malta introduced its sale of citizenship, and later with Jourová as Malta’s rule of law came under Brussels’s lens in the aftermath of Daphne Caruana Galizia’s assassination.”

Jourová will be the European Commission’s first ever commissioner for democratic rule of law.

But it also means that Dalli will have to undergo what will probably be the toughest grilling ever meted out to a Maltese commissioner-elect by the European Parliament, after years of being under the sharp light of MEPs’ scrutiny.

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