Prior to the hearing Baroness Ashton is asked to answer a written questionnaire. This questionnaire is made up of two parts: a general part and a specific part. The former includes horizontal questions relevant to the post of Commissioner and the latter focuses on subjects related to the Trade portfolio.
The purpose of this exercise is to allow the Parliament to examine Baroness Ashton’s personal qualifications and to assess her broad policy approach, providing a basis for the oral phase of the hearing.
Letter from Mr Barroso, President of the European Commission, concerning the questionnaires