NIGEL Farage ripped into the European Commission over its decision to appoint JEan-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man Martin Selmayr as secretary-general, congratulating the Commission for showing its true colours with the “perfect stitch-up”.
The former Ukip leader was in Strasbourg on Monday to debate the appointment of Mr Selmayr to the top European Union position by the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, who failed to attend the plenary session.
Mr Farage mocked the Commission’s decision to appoint Mr Selmayr claiming it was the “perfect stitch-up” to show European citizens the undemocratic nature of Brussels key political body.
He said: “The fast-track appointment of Martin Selmayer to a €20,000 a month job done without any openness, without any transparency.
“In fact, his photograph was on the European Commission website before the meeting even took place.
“So well done on that score. What you’ve done, I think, it’s to bring a bit more light on the European Commission.
“I want the citizens to know that the European Commission is the government of Europe, it is unelectable, we can’t vote for them, we can’t remove them and yet they have the sole right to make law.
“And people need to understand how their money is being spent.
“This is Juncker’s favourite bureaucrat. A fanatic who is now the most powerful bureaucrat in the world and all of it done without an open procedure.
“You’ve done the people of Europe a great service. It is the perfect stitch-up.
“It smacks of nepotism, unaccountable government, abuse of public funds.
“Thank God the UK is leaving.”
Many other MEPs joined in the outrage for Mr Selmayr’s appointment. European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said Mr Juncker was running the risk of having the same fate as Jacques Santer’s Commission.
Mr Santer was forced to resign at the end of his tenure in 1999 after allegations of corruption emerged.
The European Commission is standing by its decision to appoint Mr Selmeyr to the secretary-general position following all the “legal procedures”.
A European Commission spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Martin Selmayr was appointed secretary-general of the Commission following all the legal and administrative procedures in place.”