The candidates to replace the four commissioners who took their seats as MEPs passed through hearings in the European Parliament yesterday (14 July). The Parliament is due to vote on their appointments on Thursday.
At his hearing at the European Parliament, Hungarian Commissioner-designate László Andor was criticised for providing "too general" answers. But many of the questions themselves were also too general, Andor told EURACTIV Hungary in an interview.
With the new Commission no longer to take office from 1
November, the EU has entered uncharted territory. While
Barroso has indicated he wants changes only
for 'problematic' commissioners, the precise
nature of the reshuffle remains unclear.
The EPP-ED group, the biggest parliamentary group with 268
seats, refused to negotiate a Commission reshuffle and
pledged its support to Buttiglione until the end. For this
group, Barroso's decision is a major setback.
The Buttiglione crisis
has deepened with MEPs unconvinced by the
conciliation offer from President Barroso.
Apologies from the Italian commissioner
designate for offences made about homosexual
'sinners' have got him
The 200-strong EP Socialist group insist on no less than a complete
change of portfolio for the controversial Italian
commissioner Buttiglione. Meanwhile Barroso remains
"optimistic" that a solution will be found.
The pressure is still very much on Commission President Barroso to find a compromise in the Buttiglione affair. After consulting several EP group leaders the hunt is on to identify the political 'small change' that will satisfy MEPs without offending Rome too much.
Socialist MEPs have presented Commission president Barroso with a
stiff challenge - to resolve the Buttiglione crisis by 21 October.
EURACTIV outlines the stakes and positions, and the results of all
the commissioner hearings.
Most political parties and commentators have pointed to Dimas's
lack of experience on environmental issues. Pro-business circles
were the only ones to welcome his performance at a hearing in
MEPs will meet in committees to prepare
the questionnaires for the forthcoming hearings of
commissioner candidates and to meet the Dutch ministers in
their respective areas to discuss the programme of the Dutch
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