Karmenu Vella, the Maltese Commissioner-designate for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, failed to impress MEPs during a European Parliament confirmation hearing on Monday.
Answering to concerns that mixing environment and fisheries is not a good idea, Vella said that merging the two portfolios was a “natural fit” and that blue and green growth were “two sides of the same coin”.
“I believe that environment, maritime affairs and fisheries are a natural fit. Green growth and blue growth are two sides of the same coin. Sustainability is the key principle in all areas of my portfolio which has economic, social and environmental dimensions. Together with you it can be achieved. If confirmed I hope I can also count on you as my partners in getting it done.” the former Maltese Minister of Public Works, Industry and Tourism said.
The new directorate general will be subordinated to the broader policy area of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, overseen by Vice-President nominee Jyrki Katainen, of Finland.