Former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratusek was ousted from a top EU energy role – before she even took it on.
Ms Bratusek was nominated to be Vice President of the Commission for Energy Union by soon-to-be President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.
Quizzed at the start of the week by two committees of MEPs in charge of environment and energy in the European Parliament, she was criticised for “too generic” answers, said policy analysts.
She resigned as the Vice-President designate yesterday after MEPs rejected the appointment by 112 votes to 13.
Responding to the news, Mr Juncker said he has “a lot of respect for Alenka Bratušek’s decision”.
Meanwhile, Spain’s Miguel Arias Cañete, who used to work in oil and has promised to give up oil company shares, was accepted as Climate Action and Energy Commissioner.
This was despite an online Avaaz petition criticising him was signed by half a million people, reported the Guardian.