The Hearings!

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Next week the hearings for the New European Commission will get under way. They will start on Monday 11th and continue until the Tuesday 19th. Each commissioner will be questioned for three hours by a committee responsible for the area they are nominated. Each committee will then vote on the nomination, before the Parliament as a whole does.

The line up is as follows (Committees also listed, main committee in bold if more then one in attendence):

Monday 11th January

13:00-16:00 (CET)

  • Ashton, Catherine. Foreign Affairs
  • Lewandowski, Janusz. Budgets, Budgetary Control

16:30-17:30 (CET)

  • Rehn, Olli. Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Piebalgsm, Andris. Development

Tuesday 12th January

09:00-12:00 (CET)

  • De Gucht, Karel. International Trade
  • Šemeta, Algirdas. Budgetary Control, Economic and Monetary Affairs, Internal Market and Consumer Protection.

13:00-16:00 (CET)

  • Füle, Štefan. Foreign Affairs
  • Reding, Viviane. Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Legal Affairs, Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

16:30-19:30 (CET)

  • Almunia, Joaquín. Economic and Monetary Affairs
  • Jeleva, Rumiana. Development

Wednesday 13th January

13:00-16:00 (CET)

  • Potočnik, Janez. Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
  • Andor, László. Employment and Social Affairs

16:30-19:30 (CET)

  • Geoghegan-Quinn, Máire. Industry, Research and Energy
  • Barnier, Michel. Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Economic and Monetary Affairs

Thursday 14th January


  • Kallas, Siim. Transport and Tourism
  • Oettinger, Günther. Industry, Research and Energy

13:00-16:00 (CET)

  • Dalli, John. Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, Internal Market and Consumer Protection
  • Vassiliou, Androulla. Culture and Education, Employment and Social Affairs

16:30-19:30 (CET)

  • Hahn, Johannes. Regional Development
  • Kroes, Neelie. Industry, Research and Energy, Culture and Education

Friday 15th January

09:00-12:00 (CET)

  • Cioloş, Dacian. Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Hedegaard, Connie. Environment, Public Health and Food Safety

Monday 18th January

18:00-21:00 (CET)

  • Tajani, Antonio. Industry, Research and Energy
  • Šefčovič, Maroš. Constitutional Affairs, Budgetary Control

Tuesday 19th January

18:00-21:00 (CET)

  • Malmström, Cecilia. Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs
  • Damanaki, Maria. Fisheries

The first week of hearings will be held in Brussels with the last two days being held in Strasbourg.

For more information on the hearings and links to watch them when they are on, check out the Europarl website on the hearings

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Author: Stephen

Cork born and bred, proud European and Irishman. Involved in many organisations and politics. Also writes for and UCC Express.

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