Undoubtedly Jutta URPILAINEN is exceptionally kind, generous and honest, and above it all sensitive to other people’s grievances. Mother of two adopted Colombian children, she is certainly an exceptional human-being. However are they the qualities to carry on the job of the EU Commissioner on International Partnerships? (Previously International Cooperation and Development led by Croatian Neven Mimica #DEVCO).
During the October 1 hearing with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), Urpilainen has successfully avoided all the burning problems of Africa – the major recipient of the EU development funds: CORRUPTION, TERRORISM, ETHNIC CONFLICTS, CHINA EXPANSION, DEMOGRAPHIC EXPLOSION, – none of them were addressed. Even Ebola!
The entire debate she stayed in shallow waters of wooden language of the EU politically correct: important ‘‘improvement”, “empowerment”, “transparency”, “equality”, “listen to people”, and the other “meaningful” cliches, favored by the EU Mandarines, dramatically lacking vision and imagination.
From time to time she was making a nod to MEPs, flattering them with reminding of her “unelected” status vis-à-vis their elected superiority. However these calculated maneuvers could not take away an impression of a dramatic lack of knowledge of the development portfolio.
At most ambivalent impression made Urpilainen “asymmetric” answers to MEPs questions, clearly prepared in advance, and used without adaptation.
Finally, she promised to “learn”, “listen”, and to “improve“, however the question remains if the EU needs an “apprentice-Commissioner”?
CONCLUSION: One can’t become pilot over night taking off plane w/ 300 passengers over Atlantic, but one can become #EU aid Commissioner with €20 000 a month salary without a clue of international politics. What a soap!
October 1, European Parliament, Brussels Jutta URPILAINEN for International Partnerships Commissioner.