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EU Commissioners-designate hearings

Between 29 September and 7 October, ITRE will be involved in hearings with the Commissioner-designates who will be dealing with policies in ITRE's remit:
 
- Günther OETTINGER (Germany) for Digital Economy and Society, 29 September 2014, 18:30-21:30, JAN 4Q2
- Carlos MOEDAS (Portugal) for Research, Science and Innovation, 30 September 2014, 9:00-12:00, JAN 2Q2
- Miguel ARIAS CANETE (Spain) for Climate Action and Energy, 1 October 2014, 18:00-21:00, JAN 4Q2
- Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland) for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, 2 October 2014, 13:30-16:30, JAN 4Q2
- Alenka BRATUSEK (Slovenia), Vice-President-Designate of the Commission for Energy Union, 6 October 2014, 14:30-17:30, JAN 4Q2
- Jyrki KATAINEN (Finland) for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, 7 October 2014, 10:00-13:00, JAN 4Q2
 
ITRE is also the associated committee in the following Commissioner-designate hearings:
- Maros SEFCOVIC (Slovakia) for Transport and Space, 30 September 2014, 18:00-21:00, JAN 4Q2
- Tibor NAVRACSICS (Hungary) for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship, 1 October 2014, 18:00-21:00, JAN 2Q2
- Andrus ANSIP (Estonia), Vice-President-Designate of the Commission for Digital Single Market, 6 October 2014, 18:30-21:30, JAN 2Q2
 
Each hearing is scheduled to last three hours, during which the commissioner-designate will hold an opening speech and then answer questions posed by committee members.
 
Follow the hearings of the Commissioner-designates online.

 
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With reindustrialization as the overarching aim, the ITRE Committee will have four priority areas on which to concentrate.
 
First of all, we must ensure that EU’s legal and economic framework enables the European industrial sector to become more innovative. This will require adapting and mobilizing EU’s R&D and education programs to effectively respond to the actual needs of the industry.
 
Secondly, EU’s policies must boost the development and growth of European small and medium-sized enterprises. Helping strengthen SMEs is as much about financing, as about openness of research programs, skills-development training schemes, or fiscal legislation.
 
Our third priority area is to build a true European digital market. It is about the advantages of scale of a European market to lower the costs and drive the innovativeness of Europe’s businesses. Both ITRE and the Parliament as a whole can show a very good record in this field – and we will still go further, with new legislation.
 
Last, but perhaps most importantly, exploiting the full potential of EU’s common energy policy will be a fundamental priority for us. Only with secure energy can we make our economy globally competitive and avoid economic decline.
 
Our aim is to bring the European economy back on the growth track, and to do so in a sustainable way. We want to make Europe a better place to live.