Responding to the appointment today of Martin Selmayr to the role of European Commission Secretary General,  Syed Kamall MEP, Co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said:

"How does the Commission expect people to believe that the EU is capable of change and listening to the voters when the process for appointing to top positions is so opaque.

"The Commission should be looking at ways to make Brussels more transparent and democratic, yet this appointment resembles nothing more than jobs for the boys.

"Perhaps the most worrying thing is that the Commission doesn't seem to even realise why this is a problem."