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”.