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Tonio Borġ, Malta's candidate to replace resigning Commissioner John Dalli, was backed by MEPs on Wednesday with 386 votes in favour 281 against and 28 abstentions.

Mr Borġ's approval should now be finalised at this week's European Council. He will then be able to take up his position as Commissioner for health and consumer affairs.

Mr Borġ underwent a three hour public hearing with MEPs from the Environment, Internal Market and Agriculture committees last week. At their request, he then provided written assurances of his commitment to the Charter of Fundamental Rights, tobacco legislation, and the rights of women and LGBT people.

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