BREAKING: Breton passes Parliament test

France’s Commissioner-designate Thierry Breton has been approved by coordinators representing at least two-thirds of MEPs across the industry and internal market committees, two EU sources have confirmed to EURACTIV.

The news comes following a three-hour hearing in which the Frenchman responded to questions on competition, technological sovereignty, the services sector and the challenges posed by new technologies. He also defended himself against accusations of a potential conflict of interest, due to his previous leadership of the global IT firm, Atos.

Renew MEP Dita Charanzová praised Breton’s profile, ahead of the coordinators meeting which followed the earlier hearing. “Thierry Breton brings vital experience from the private sector to the European Commission,” she said. “It’s important that the new College of Commissioners not only consists of career politicians.

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