MEPs will decide Cardiff's EU fate
DEPARTMENT of Finance secretary general Kevin Cardiff will have his future employment decided by the European Parliament, after a committee decided not to re-open hearings yesterday.
Mr Cardiff was rejected as a nominee for the European Court of Auditors last week by 12 votes to 11 by the European Parliament's budgetary control committee.
Budgetary Control Committee chairman Jan Mulder said yesterday that they had decided not to hold a second hearing into Mr Cardiff's nomination. It means the final decision is likely to be taken next month when the full European Parliament votes on whether to accept or reject the committee's decision on Mr Cardiff.
The parliament has never before overturned the opinion of the committee -- although it could vote to send the nomination back to the committee for further consideration.
Mr Cardiff's nomination also could be forced through by a meeting of EU finance ministers. Despite the committee's rejection, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that Mr Cardiff is still the Government's nominee for the position.