Just caught a glimpse of a bunch of reporters asking an ex Romanian Minister (Dan Nica) a few questions related to nomination as EU Commissioners.
Besides a few questions related to an old corruption case during his period as a Minister, a journalists said something along the line: "your biggest defect is that you are not a woman" and everybody smiled.
How do we got here
A few months ago Ursula von der Leyen says her new cabinet of EU Commissioners will be half women and asked EU member states to nominate two people, a man and woman, as their candidates to be their EU Commissioners to ensure the posts can be divided up equally between genders.
Romania fulfilled her wish and nominated a woman and a man (Rovana Plump and Dan Nica). However, due to some issues Rovana Plumb's candidacy as European Commissioner for Transport is rejected by the EP Legal Affairs Committee.
Also, some journalists claim that Ursula von der Leyen conveyed the message that she would prefer that a woman comes from Romania .
So, it seems that Romania has only a male candidate while the future European Commission president would prefer a women. I am wondering if this mismatch can be used as a reason to reject a candidate.
Question: Can the European Commission president reject a candidate because of his/her gender not matching the global division between genders?