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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.


Commissioner-designate for the Trade portfolio, Karel De Gucht (Belgium) will face questions in the International Trade Committee.

Commissioner-designate for the Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud portfoilio, Algirdas Šemeta (Lithuania), will face questions from the Budgetary Control and the Economic Affaics Committees.


Commissioner-designate for the Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Füle (Czech Republic), will face questions in the Foreign Affairs Committee.

Commissioner-designate for the Justifce, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship portfoilio, Viviane Reding (Luxembourg), will face questions in the Justice, Liberty and Womens' Committees.


Bulgarian Commissioner-designate, Rumiana Jeleva, who has been nominated for the International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response portfolio will face questions from the Development Committee.

Spanish Commissioner-designate, Joaquín Almunia, who has been nominated for the Competition portfolio will face questions from the Economics Committee.

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

To watch the hearings live, please visit 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.


For further information, please contact:

Eimear Ní Bhroin, Press Officer, European Parliament Office in Ireland at or 086 8559423.