Jean-Claude Juncker is guilty of a coup by “parachuting” an aide into a job as head of the European Union’s civil service, MEPs have claimed.

A draft resolution of the European parliament’s budgetary control committee, which oversees the Brussels administration, has used unusually strong language to condemn the appointment of Martin Selmayr as secretary-general of the European Commission. Mr Selmayr was previously chief of staff to Mr Juncker, president of the commission.

The text, which will be voted on by MEPs in a fortnight, is a blow to both men.