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EU Priorities 2020 05-02-2015

Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

EURACTIV looks back at the first 100 days of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, showing how the new team progressed.   

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Energy 04-12-2014

Cañete defends climate and energy credentials

Miguel Cañete, a controversial choice as Energy and Climate Commissioner, today (4 December) defended his credentials for the post.

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EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

Juncker: This will be the ‘last chance Commission’

The new Juncker Commission was approved on Wednesday after a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

Juncker wins support for ‘last-chance’ Commission

President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker secured confirmation for his new Commission from MEPs today (22 October), winning over a grand coalition of Socialists and centre-right MEPs, using a combination of charm and a few last-minute tweaks to policy.

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EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2014

Barroso’s swan song

European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso held a final speech in the European Parliament on Tuesday after 10 years in office. Speaking for over half an hour, Barroso pointed out at what he considered the achievements of the Barroso II Commission, highlighting trade agreements, the Banking Union and the climate goals.

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Energy 21-10-2014

Šef?ovi?: “The time for a European Energy Union has clearly come”

In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, Vice-President designate for Energy Union Maroš Šef?ovi? told MEPs that it is “Russia is increasingly using gas supply as an instrument of pressure and as a political weapon against Ukraine and this is totally unacceptable.”

Maroš Šef?ovi? will chair the trilaterals [European Parliament]
Energy 21-10-2014

Sefcovic tells MEPs he has a vision for EU’s Energy Union

Maroš Šef?ovi?, the Slovak Commissioner-designate for the EU’s Energy Union, successfully defended his credentials for the post yesterday (20 October) in front of two parliamentary committees. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

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Transport 21-10-2014

Bulc to MEPs: “You learned I walk on fire. I thought I would get burnt but I didn’t”

Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc appeared to make an excellent impression on MEPs during her confirmation hearing at the European Parliament on Monday.

Transport 21-10-2014

Bulc walks on fire… and survives

Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc, who reportedly has trained as shaman and is able to walk on fire, made an excellent impression at her European Parliament confirmation hearing yesterday evening (20 October).

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Transport 17-10-2014

Will Bulc invite the Parliament to “look through the density of consciousness”?

New Slovenian Commissioner-designate for transport Violeta Bulc will be quizzed by MEPs on Monday, only two days before the new Juncker commission is due to be voted on by the European Parliament in Strasbourg,

[European Parliament/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 17-10-2014

Juncker to request Parliament’s approval on 22 October

The European Parliament has set the hearings of Slovenia’s commissioner-designate Violeta Bulc, and, Slovakia’s Maroš Šef?ovi?, for Monday (20 October), opening the way, if everything goes well, for a vote on the entire team of President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, on 22 October.

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EU Priorities 2020 15-10-2014

Doubts loom over new Commission start date

Doubts loom over new Commission start date

Jean-Claude Juncker [European Commission]
EU Priorities 2020 15-10-2014

Juncker plans team reshuffle

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, has proposed a minor reshuffle of his team following the EU parliament's rejection of the Slovenian nominee to the European Commission.

EU Priorities 2020 14-10-2014

If Bulc is nominated, the next Dan Brown novel should be about the Brussels bubble

Some Europeans are deeply respectful of European institutions and serious about the jobs of the persons that lead it. It is a valuable project that brought peace, prosperity and democracy to the continent. It deserves full support. On the other hand, the Slovenian centre-left was cheering to the song that refrains “Europe is a gang of thieves” [see related EURACTIV article].

EU Priorities 2020 09-10-2014

Slovenian MEP the favourite to replace Bratušek

The two largest parties in the European Parliament have today (10 October) backed Socialist MEP Tanja Fajon to replace Alenka Bratušek as Slovenia's Commissioner in the new Juncker Commission.

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Economy & Jobs 09-10-2014

Parliament confirms Hill as EU Commissioner

Jonathan Hill was confirmed by the European Parliament on Wednesday as EU Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union, after facing questions by MEPs over his commitment to the EU and whether he would use the position to work in favour of the City of London. Hill was the only Commissioner called back to a second hearing with MEPs.

EU Priorities 2020 09-10-2014

Poto?nik may get fourth term

Current Slovenian Commissioner Janez Poto?nik could be the choice of Prime Minister Miro Cerar, replacing Alenka Bratušek, the only Juncker Commissioner-designate that MEPs rejected.

EU Priorities 2020 08-10-2014

Juncker team denies Bratušek threw in the towel

The European Commission strongly denied Wednesday (8 October) growing rumours that Slovenia’s Alenka Bratušek, Commissioner and Vice-President-designate for Energy Union, has abandoned plans to join the Juncker team following an unconvincing hearing Monday.

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Politics 08-10-2014

Timmermans supports mandatory EU lobby register

In a three-hour hearing at the European Parliament on Tuesday, designated First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told MEPs if approved, he would draw up proposals for mandatory lobby register across EU institutions.

Frans Timmermans at his Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]
Public Affairs 08-10-2014

Popular Timmermans signals mandatory register of lobbyists

The Juncker Commission will work to dissect and discard bureaucracy and introduce a mandatory register for lobbyists across the EU institutions, the designated First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, told MEPs in a well-received hearing yesterday (7 October).

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Europe's East 07-10-2014

Mogherini: “We will need to reassess relations with Russia in the next 5 years”

Vice-president designate and High Representative-designate of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has said that even though Russia could not be seen as a “strategic partner” anymore, Moscow was nonetheless a “strategic country and neighbour.”

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EU Priorities 2020 07-10-2014

Parliament rejects Hungary’s Navracsics as education and culture commissioner

The European Parliament's culture and education committee has rejected to endorse Hungary's Tibor Navracsics as the future Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship commissioner due to his record in a government accused of attacking civil rights. MEPs voted on Monday to accept Navracsics in another role within the new Juncker's commission.

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Energy 07-10-2014

Bratušek: “The EU is the solution, not the problem”

Former Slovenian Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek, Commissioner and Vice-President-designate for Energy Union, made an unconvincing appearance in front of the European Parliament on Monday, after her expertise was tested by both the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, and the Committee of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Hearings of candidate commissioner Pierre Moscovici. [European Parliament / Flickr]
Euro & Finance 07-10-2014

Commission to reject French budget

The European Commission is likely to reject France's 2015 budget draft at the end of October, and ask for a new one that would better reflect Paris's deficit reduction obligations under European Union rules, several eurozone officials said.