Kovács moved to EC tax commissioner's role
The revamped European Commission of president José Manuel Barroso has been confirmed by the European Parliament, which approved moving Hungary's Lázló Kovács to the tax Commissioner portfolio.
He had been proposed as energy Commissioner, but was transferred after MEPs complained about his ‘incompetence’ in this subject. Kov cs’ confirmation followed a second parliamentary hearing where he defended himself against criticism of his communist past.
‘I have nothing to hide’, he declared, before displaying some expertise in his new brief and announcing liberal plans to sweep away ‘all tax obstacles that currently inhibit individuals and companies from operating freely across borders’.
He replaces Latvia’s Ingrida Udre, also criticised by MEPs.