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#EPhearings2019: Learn about the portfolios of Commissioners-designate

Over the next two weeks, the candidates for posts as European Commissioners, at the top of the European Union’s executive will face three-hour public hearings in the European Parliament. Each of the nominees, put forward by their national governments, but seeking to take up a portfolio crafted by President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, will face questions on their suitability for a post in the Commission in general, as well as on their specific competence for the portfolio allocated to them. Prior to their hearing, each candidate has to satisfy the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) that their financial affairs present no conflict of interest. Continue reading

Hearing of Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King

On 12 September, Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing of Commissioner-designate Sir Julian King (Security Union). He has been nominated as a result of the resignation of Lord Hill following the outcome of the UK referendum on withdrawal from the Union. Continue reading

Voting on the new Commission

Written by Nicole Zandi The lead-up to the European Commission’s appointment in autumn 2014 had its fair share of excitement. With five Member States failing to choose their candidates by the 1 August deadline, to unprepared Commissioners-designate, and disgruntled MEPs, the new Commission has sparked debate and speculation like never before. Our colleagues in the … Continue reading

2014: a great year in European politics? A great year on the EPRS Think Tank Blog

Written by Clare Ferguson 2014 was an interesting year for us at the EPRS. Debate on all things European broke out all over, with the European elections in May, a new European Commission, and increasingly vocal arguments for and against integration, independence, immigration and invigoration of the EU economy. Not surprisingly then, our top posts … Continue reading

Ask EP – You asked, we answered

What was your EU topic of the year? In all probability we dealt with it. Check out the Ask EP review of 2014. At the end of this year, Ask EP will have treated some 10,000 letters and messages addressed to the European Parliament or its President. We receive these messages from all over Europe … Continue reading

In Focus: EU institutions

Written by Nicole Zandi Since the European Parliament elections in May and the new Commission taking office in November; an atmosphere of change in the EU institutions has highlighted 2014 as an important year. So far we have seen widespread aspirations to create a more balanced, fairer and transparent EU, which is perhaps a good … Continue reading

Topics and links – October 2014

Update: This post is available in more EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Hearings of the new Commissioners, EP debate on fundamental rights in Hungary, ‘Thousand-cow farm’ project in France, Turkey and the situation of Kurds in Kobane, EU relations with Russia and Ukraine, winter time. This month, … Continue reading

The New European Commission – ready to take office on 1 November

Written by Conall Devaney On Wednesday 22 October the European Parliament formally endorsed the new Commission proposed by Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the Commission, for the period 2014-19. There had been growing doubt some 10 days before that as to whether or not the new Commission would be able to begin work on 1 November … Continue reading

Ask EP – Insight: New Commission, Ukraine-Russia, Scottish referendum

The election of the new European Commission has been a recurrent subject of interest for citizens in the past months, with the hearings of the Commissioners-designate in particular being a frequent topic. Citizens addressed the European Parliament to strongly express their opinions on the nomination of certain Commissioners-designate. Some complained about the suitability of specific … Continue reading

Setting EU priorities: 2014-19 The ten points of Jean-Claude Juncker’s political guidelines

n advance of the European Parliament’s vote on 15 July 2014, which saw him elected as the next President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker set out the political agenda for his five-year term (2014-19) at the head of the institution. Continue reading

Šefčovič and Bulc: Additional hearings of Commissioners-designate

Written by Nicole Zandi, trainee in the Members’ Research Service The Conference of Presidents of the political groups in the European Parliament has confirmed that additional confirmation hearings will be held in Strasbourg on Monday 20 October. Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) and Violeta Bulc (Slovenia) will have concurrent hearings, both starting at 7 pm. This speedy … Continue reading

Round-up of the hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Vice Presidents

Written by Nicole Zandi, trainee in Members’ Research Service The seven Vice- Presidents were among the last of the Commissioners-designate to have their hearings. All but Kristalina Georgieva, who had her hearing on Thursday afternoon, appeared in the second week, starting on 6 October. Although there was little to alarm most prospective Vice-Presidents, one – … Continue reading

Round-up of the hearings of Commissioners-designate – week 1

Written by Conall Devaney, trainee in Members’ Research Service The Parliament is due to vote on whether to approve the new Commission on 22 October, but it is as yet unclear whether this deadline can be met. Following six days of intensive questioning of Commissioners-designate by individual committees, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker knows he has to make … Continue reading

Additional hearings for Commissioners-designate

Written by Eva-Maria Poptcheva A debate has been launched as to whether additional parliamentary hearings for Commissioners-designate – beyond the initial scheduled three hours – have any legal basis. The subject was raised when Jonathan Hill was called back for an additional hearing after Members of the Economic Affairs Committee registered their dissatisfaction with the … Continue reading

‘This time it’s different’ – Hearings of the Vice-presidents-designate

‘This time it’s different’ was the motto for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. And indeed, a few months later, shaping the new Commission college seems to be proving the point. For the first time, there will be seven Commission vice-presidents, each leading a project team. The Vice-Presidents will act as coordinators for a … Continue reading

Public debate following the hearing of EU Commissioner-designate for trade Cecilia Malmström before the European Parliament

Written by Cornelia Vutz Now that Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has put together his desired team of Commissioners, they all appear before the competent European Parliament (EP) Committee for scrutiny. To mark the start of the ‘grillings’ (hearings, the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and … Continue reading

Topics and links – September 2014

Update: This post is available in all EU languages – please see at the bottom of this post. In this issue: Scotland’s referendum, hearings of Commissioners, Sanctioning MEPs’ behavior, association agreement EU-Ukraine, free trade agreements TTIP/CETA.   In September 2014, citizens’ topics of particular interest ranged from the EU’s external relations (Ukraine, Russia) and trade … Continue reading

Overview of Hearings of Commissioners-designate

This infographic presents an overview of the scheduled Hearings of Commissioners-designate by the parliamentary committees. The hearings will be held in the József Antall building, in rooms 2Q2 and 4Q2. Each hearing is due to last three hours. Read the pdf of this At a glance here

#EPHearings2014: Meet the Commissioners-designate!

Updated on 16 October 2014 Hearings of Commissioners-designate seem like a standard practice in modern democracies, however, it was not until the Maastricht Treaty that the European Parliament finally obtained the power to formally vote on the appointment of the Commission as a whole. The first such hearings took place in 1995. Interestingly enough these … Continue reading

Appointment of the Commission: Parliament’s role before 1995

Written by Alexandra Devantier In September 2014, the Commissioners-designate for the Juncker Commission will be required to appear before the European Parliament’s committees as part of the procedure for the approval of the European Commission. This will be the fifth set of hearings to be held since 1995. But what about the Commissions prior to … Continue reading

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