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Live: New European commissioners face policy grilling by MEPs


Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has picked who he wants to be on his team for the next five years.

But he doesn’t get the final say; the European Parliament will grill each candidate over the course of the next week.

MEPs can vote to accept or reject the whole commission after the hearings.

During the hearings, candidates will reply to five written questions from parliamentarians.

They will compile a report on the commissioner-designate in question ahead of a European Parliament plenary session.

There are some controversial choices amongst the 28 names put forward by former Luxembourg prime minister Juncker.

Britain’s Jonathan Hill – up for the financial services job – is seen as being too close to the City of London, while Alenka Bratušek of Slovenia effectively nominated herself when she was still prime minister.


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  • Monday 29 September

  • Karmenu Vella EU Commission
    14:30-17:30 Karmenu Vella (Malta) Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

    Cecilia Malmstrom EU Commission
    14:30-17:30 Cecilia Malmström (Sweden) Trade

    Neven Mimica EU Commission
    18:00-21:00 Neven Mimica (Croatia) International Cooperation & Development

    Gunther Oettinger EU Commission
    18:00-21:00 Günther Oettinger (Germany) Digital Economy & Society

  • Tuesday 30 September

  • Carlos Moedas EU Commission
    09:00-12:00 Carlos Moedas (Portugal) Research, Science and Innovation

    Vytenis Andriukaitis EU Commission
    09:00-12:00 Vytensis Andriukaitis (Lithuania) Health & Food Safety

    Dimitris Avramopoulos EU Commission
    13:30-16:30 Dimitris Avramopoulos (Greece) Migration & Home Affairs

    Johannes Hahn EU Commission
    13:30-16:30 Johannes Hahn (Austria) European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations

    christos stylianides EU Commission
    18:00-21:00 Christos Stylianides (Cyprus) Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management

    maros sefcovic Commission
    18:00-21:00 Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) Transport & Space

  • Wednesday 01 October

  • corina cretu eu commission hearing
    09:00-12:00 Corina Crețu (Romania) Regional Policy

    marianne thyssen
    09:00-12:00 Mariane Thyssen (Belgium) Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

    jonathan hill eu commission hearing
    13:30-16:30 Jonathan Hill (UK) Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

    vera jourova
    13:30-16:30 Vĕra Jourová (Czech Republic) Consumers and Gender Equality

    tibor navracsics eu commission hearing
    18:00-21:00 Tibor Navracsics (Hungary) Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship

    miguel arias canete eu commission hearing
    18:00-21:00 Miguel Arias Cañete (Spain) Climate Action & Energy

  • Thursday 02 October

  • pierre moscovici eu commission hearing
    09:00-12:00 Pierre Moscovici (France) Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

    Phil Hogan Eu commission hearing
    09:00-12:00 Phil Hogan (Ireland) Agriculture & Rural Development

    kristalina georgieva Eu commission hearing
    13:30-16:30 Kristalina Georgieva (Bulgaria) Budget & Human Resources

    elzbieta-bienkowska Eu commission hearing
    13:30-16:30 Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Poland) Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

    margrethe vestager Eu commission hearing
    18:00-21:00 Margarethe Vestager (Denmark) Competition

  • Monday 06 October

  •  valdis dombrovskis eu commission
    14:30-17:30 Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia) Euro & Social Dialogue

    alenka bratusek eu comission hearing
    14:30-17:30 Alenka Bratušek (Slovenia) Energy Union

    andrus ansip
    18:30-21:30 Andrus Ansip (Estonia) Digital Single Market

    Federica Mogherini EU Commission
    18:30-21:30 Federica Mogherini (Italy) High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission

  • Tuesday 07 October

  • Jyrki Katainen EU Commission
    09:00-12:00 Jyrki Katainen (Finland) Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

    Frans Timmermans EU Commission
    09:00-12:00 Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) First Vice-President, Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights

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