Parliament chumba nomination of Carlos Pereira for ERSE – The Economic Journal

Parliament chumba nomination of Carlos Pereira for ERSE - The Economic Journal

The Parliamentary Committee on Economy, Innovation and Public Works has voted unfavorably on Wednesday to appoint socialist deputy Carlos Pereira to the Energy Services Regulatory Authority (ERSE), a source from the parliamentary group of the PCP told Lusa.

Drafted by communist deputy Bruno Dias, the proposal for an opinion unfavorable to the appointment of Carlos Pereira as a member of the ERSE Board of Directors, replacing Alexandre Santos, whose term of office ended in May, received the votes in favor of all parties, with the exception of of the PS.

"From the opinions and considerations of the parties expressed during the hearings, it can be concluded that the personality indicated by the Government for the position of member of the Board of Directors of ERSE does not meet consensus, thus emitting a negative opinion on the appointment", the opinion approved today.

In the document, it is also pointed out that "the profile of the nominee should suit the function to be performed, be recognized the suitability, technical competence, professional experience and training appropriate to the performance of the function."

The opinion of the parliamentary committee on Economy, Innovation and Public Works is not binding.

The election of the executive, led by socialist António Costa, from Carlos Pereira to ERSE was known on October 8, and a hearing was scheduled for Carlos Pereira on the Economics Committee.

However, this meeting was delayed until before the then Minister of Economy, Manuel Caldeira Cabral, in the scope of applications presented by the PCP and CDS-PP and unanimously approved.

The Caldeira Cabral hearing was held on October 12, with the former president saying "do not understand" how the choice of a Socialist deputy to the energy regulator could call into question his "independence" in the position, ensuring that the appointment was not "partisan."

Five days later, after the government reshuffle, Carlos Pereira was heard in the Economy Committee, where he assured MPs that he would not be "influenced by opinions or indications" of the executive, rejecting criticism of lack of exemption.

The choice of Carlos Pereira was initially made by Caldeira Cabral, but was later confirmed by the new Minister of Environment and Energy Transition, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, who now holds the energy portfolio and asked that the process proceed with the hearing to Carlos Pereira.

The appointment had already received a favorable opinion from the Recruitment and Selection Committee for Public Administration (Cresap), which considered the profile of Carlos Pereira "adequate" to the functions.

In the opinion Lusa had access to, Cresap points out that the candidate "has more than 20 years of professional experience in private management positions and political positions as a councilor and deputy in the Assembly of the Republic, where he participated in several commissions related to this sector, highlighting the coordination of the drafting and discussion of various diplomas on the energy sector ".

According to the framework law of the Regulating Entities, the members of the Board of Directors are chosen by appointment of the member of the Government responsible for the area, being designated by resolution of the Council of Ministers, taking into account a reasoned opinion of the Assembly of the Republic, after hearing the chosen.

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