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Lagarde will not be Present During European Parliament's Approval of her ECB Appointment

Lagarde will not be Present During European Parliament's Approval of her ECB Appointment

Christine Lagarde will not be present at the plenary of the European Parliament on Tuesday, September 17 when MEPs are expected to approve her appointment as President of the European Central Bank, the Cyprus News Agency reports.

Jaume Duch, European Parliament Spokesperson, confirmed that Lagarde would not be present when asked during a press briefing which took place before the plenary, today.

“She will not be there,” he said, adding that she was contacted her to see if she would be interested in coming but that she would not be able to.

In the meantime, a request by MEPs to postpone the discussion and vote, due to take place tomorrow morning, so that it can take place at a later date in Lagarde’s presence, was rejected by 274 votes against, 174 for and 10 abstentions.

European Parliament President David Sassoli announced before the plenary that the Conference of Presidents has decided that the hearings of the designated European Commissioners will take place between September 30 and October 8.

The exact dates when each Commissioner will be quizzed by MEPs will be discussed during the week and will be voted on, on Thursday.

During the press briefing the European Parliament’s Spokesperson also told journalists that during the plenary’s debate on Brexit, set to take place on Wednesday morning, European Commission President Jean – Claude Juncker is expected to brief MEPs over the content of his talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had today in Luxembourg.

MEPs will also be briefed by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, while a joint resolution by five different political groups will be up for a vote.

A proposal put forward before the plenary this evening by the Greens and the European left political groups for MEPs to pass a resolution after their debate on the Amazon fires, was also rejected by 228 votes against, 194 for and 13 abstentions.

At the beginning of the plenary MEPs observed one minute’s silence in memory of MEP Andre Bradford who passed away during the summer and in memory of the victims of catastrophic floods which affected recently central and southeastern Spain.

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