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Parliament Agenda: EPP Group discusses hearings of Commissioners-designate

September 28, 2014 - EU Institutions

Jennifer Baker is joined by Antti Timonen, spokesperson for the EPP Group, to discuss the European Parliament hearings of the Commissioners-designate taking place from 29 September till 7 October.

Timonen identifies the key elements that the EPP Group expects from the Commissioners-designate hearings:

- Parliament should judge the candidates based on their competences and regardless of their political colour
Fair hearings: candidates that have been put in spotlight should be able to clarify their situations, so that there are “no shadows before the Commissioners start in their functions”.
Smooth process of the hearings: “big problems with the hearings would only serve the Eurosceptics and extremists, nobody wants an institutional crisis in Europe at this moment”.

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