There were four important hearings of commissioner designates in the European Parliament on Monday.
The summaries from the hearings of the candidates:
- Catherine Ashton – High Representative-designate for foreign policy;
- Olli Rehn – commissioner designate for economic affairs;
- Andris Piebalgs – commissioner designate for development;
- Janusz Lewandowski – commissioner designate for budgets.
I was able to follow personally the hearing of Mrs. Catherine Ashton. She was very well prepared, and failed to answer only a few questions (one question was about the transatlantic market initiative, which is, well, not mainstream to say the least and bears a lot of criticism). Euractiv and EUobserver provide their accounts of her hearing.
Today I will follow with great attention the presentation of the Bulgarian commissioner designate – Mrs. Rumiana Jeleva. You can also follow her hearing online here.