The candidacy of Thierry Breton to the European Commission validated by the MEPs

A majority of them voted in favor of the French to become European Commissioner for the Internal Market and Digital.

Despite the risk of conflict of interest raised by some MEPs, the European Parliament has given Thursday, November 14, the green light to the French Thierry Breton to become European Commissioner for Internal Market and Digital, announced Stéphane Séjourné, Chief of the French delegation of the Renaissance group. In this group are MEPs LREM.

At a three-hour hearing, Thierry Breton assured of his future neutrality and commitment to skeptical MEPs, who highlighted the potential for conflicts of interest for the former CEO of the IT services group. Atos. In response he promised to be “radical” to avoid any conflict of interest. He indicated his intention to recuse himself on topics that would directly affect Atos, such as “contracts, financial relations”, that he would not “to know”.

But more broadly, he has ruled out any questions about the areas Atos is evolving, such as artificial intelligence, cybersecurity or supercomputers. “I will not move away from the sector, it would be an aberration, he said. I will be commissioner on the entire portfolio. “ Thierry Breton is seeking a broad economic portfolio comprising several sectors directly related to its former company, a group of IT services.


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