Commissioner-designate for Trade Cecilia Malmström defended her candidacy on Monday, as MEPs from the international trade committee tested her expertise.
“Trade policy must be driven by the interests of citizens.” Malmström said, as MEPs demanded greater transparency over TTIP negotiations.
“TTIP has significant potential to create jobs and growth. To seize it we need an ambitious agreement on tariffs, services and procurement and to come to a number of concrete, practical regulatory solutions. We need to get this deal right, so substance must prevail over timing.” she added.
The European Parliament is holding three-hour public hearings with all 27 candidates for the new Commission team, starting on Monday 29th. The Parliament’s final decision will be taken on October 22nd.