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14-01-2010

Today's hearings at the European Parliament

Hearings are currently taking place at the European Parliament in Brussels, during which MEPs will decide on the candidates for the new European Commission. They will first hear from each of the candidates individually, as they appear before the relevant European Parliament Committees (11-19 January). The Committees will then forward their evaluations to the President of the European Parliament. The MEPs must vote to approve the membership of the European Commission as a whole before the new Commissioners can take office.

Today, six Commissioners-designate will appear before MEPs from the relevant Committees.

8am-11am

Commissioner-designate for the Transport Portfolio, Siim Kallas (Estonia) will face questions in the Transport Committee.

Commissioner-designate for the Energy Portfolio, Günther H. Oettinger (Germany) will face questions in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee.



12pm-3pm:

Commissioner-designate for the Health and Consumer Policy portfolio, John Dalli (Malta) will face questions in the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee and from the Internal Market and Conumer Protection Committee.

Commissioner-designate for the Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou (Cyprus), will face questions from the Culture and Education Committee and from the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.



3.30pm-6.30pm:

Austrian Commissioner-designate, Johannes Hahn, who has been nominated for the Regional Policy portfolio will face questions from the Regional Development Committee.

Dutch Commissioner-designate, Neelie Kroes, who has been nominated for the Digital Agenda portfolio will face questions from the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and from the Culture and Education Committee.

For further information, please see our explanatory note on the European Parliament's hearings.

To watch the hearings live, please visit www.europarltv.eu or visit EP live.

To watch hearings which have already taken place and to watch the Press Conferences which took place following each hearing, please visit EP Live's Multimedia Library.

To comment on the hearings, please see the European Parliament's Facebook page.

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For further information, please contact:

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at eimear.nibhroin@europarl.europa.eu or 086 8559423.