About: European Parliament hearings

Digital 20-06-2017

Gabriel breezes through cozy hearing on way to top EU digital job

Mariya Gabriel, the 38-year-old Bulgarian MEP tipped to become the new EU digital chief, told MEPs during her approval hearing that she wants to “comply” with the European Commission's policy priorities.
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.   
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.
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.
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).
[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.
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 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.
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.
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).
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.
EU Priorities 2020 07-10-2014

Parliament leaves Juncker no choice but to reshuffle his team

The formation of a new EU executive hit a fresh snag yesterday (6 October) when a parliamentary committee rejected the Hungarian nominated to run Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship due to his record in a government accused of attacking civil rights.
EU Priorities 2020 06-10-2014

Bratušek’s poor showing adds to Juncker’s worries

Slovenia’s Alenka Bratušek, Commissioner and Vice-President-designate for Energy Union, made an unconvincing appearance in front of two European Parliament committees today (6 October). 
Paul Hogan [European Parliament]
Agrifood 03-10-2014

Hogan promises MEPs he will simplify CAP

Irish Commissioner-designate for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan survived his hearing in Parliament’s AGRI Committee, in spite of attacks by the Greens, and some domestic policy issues, raised by compatriots.
Regional Policy 03-10-2014

Parliament takes one third of the Juncker team hostage

The European Parliament has taken so far at least six “hostages” among the commissioner-designates, setting the stage for difficult negotiations with the Commission, and a possible reshuffle of the proposed team of President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.
Kristalina Georgieva at her hearing
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2014

Georgieva teaches Juncker college a masterclass

Bulgarian Commissioner-designate and Vice President responsible for budget and human resources Kristalina Georgieva made a strong and convincing case to MEPs of her priorities in the Juncker Commission, her steady performance contrasting with the tormented hearings of several of her colleagues.
Miguel Arias Cañete warned member states would face infringement proceedings during his hearing [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 02-10-2014

Cañete’s hearing spells trouble for Juncker

The formation of a new European Union executive hit trouble yesterday, as the hearing of Spanish commissioner-designate for climate and energy Miguel Arias Cañete revealed mounting opposition among MEPs against his appointment in the Juncker commission. EURACTIV Spain contributed to this article.
Hearing of candidate commissioner Corina Cre?u [European Parliament / Flickr]
Regional Policy 02-10-2014

EPP holds Damocles’ sword over Cre?u

Corina Cre?u, Romania’s commissioner –designate for Regional Policy, left MEPs with mixed feelings following her confirmation hearing yesterday (1 October). The centre-right EPP reproached her for providing few ideas, and for lacking a proposal as to how to solve a major budgetary problem concerning her portfolio. EURACTIV Romania contributed to this article.
Christos Stylianides
Development Policy 01-10-2014

Stylianides exits confirmation hearing a star

Cypriot Commissioner-designate Christostos Stylianides, assigned the portfolio of Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management by President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, made an excellent impression at his hearing yesterday (30 September) thanks to his commitment, and remarkable resemblance to movie star Omar Sharif.
EU Priorities 2020 30-09-2014

French MEP cries foul at attempt to curb Moscovici’s powers

MEP Sylvie Goulard, a spokesperson for the liberal ALDE group, asked for clarification from Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker following a leaked document according to which the powers of French Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici would be curtailed.
Development Policy 30-09-2014

MEPs fail to quiz Mimica

Unlike Malta’s Karmenu Vella, who was targeted by MEPs hoping to reveal his weaknesses through his hearing, the screening of Croatia’s Neven Mimica, Commissioner-designate for Development held yesterday (29 September) appeared to be a formality.
EU Elections 2014 24-09-2014

Leftist MEP moves to block Katainen appointment

Barbara Spinelli thinks that the European Parliament should reject Jyrki Katainen as Vice-President of the next Commission, because of his support for austerity  policies.
EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

MEPs load their guns for EU commissioner hearings

European parliament committees expressed their concerns about the structure, portfolios and competences of candidates in written questions to the 27 commissioners-designate. The queries were sent to the candidates last week as part of the approval process of the new Juncker Commission.