MEPs delay vote on diplomatic service
Rahvusvahelised uudised 21 Sep 2010  EWR
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Toby Vogel, European Voice
The European Parliament's foreign affairs committee last night (20 September) postponed a vote to amend staff regulations required for the European Union's new diplomatic service to be launched.

A leading centre-right MEP on the committee, Jacek Saruysz-Wolski of Poland, said that the regulations should include quotas for citizens from the EU's new member states.

MEPs also said that the foreign affairs committee, rather than the legal affairs committee, should have taken the lead on the issue and that Bernhard Rapkay, a centre-left German MEP who is rapporteur on the staff regulation, was not “assertive enough” on the question of geographical balance, according to a source.

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