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Vytenis Andriukaitis, Carlos Moedas, Johannes Hahn, Dimitris Avramopoulos, Maroš Šefčovič and Christos Stylianides are the next candidate commissioners to appear at the European Parliament for three-hour long interviews. Their competences and knowledge will be tested today by the relevant parliamentary committees. Follow the meetings live on our website and join the conversation on Parliament’s social media channels. (Read more: Hearings: Andriukaitis, Moedas, Hahn, Avramopoulos, Šefčovič and Stylianides )

 
 

Hearings: Malmström, Vella, Mimica, Oettinger due to appear today

Others Institutions29-09-2014 - 12:47
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Cecilia Malmström, Karmenu Vella, Neven Mimica and Günther Oettinger are the first candidate commissioners to appear at the European Parliament for three-hour long interviews. Their competences and knowledge will be tested by the relevant parliamentary committees. Follow the meetings live on our website and join the conversation on Parliament’s social media channels. The hearings will continue until 7 October. (Read more: Hearings: Malmström, Vella, Mimica, Oettinger due to appear today )

 
 

Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today

Others Institutions29-09-2014 - 12:04
Jean-Claude Juncker and the designate commissioners  

The 27 candidates hoping to be part of the European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker start appearing at hearings at the European Parliament today. During the three-hour hearings EP committees will test the candidate commissioners' expertise and competences ahead of the EP voting on whether to approve the new Commission on 22 October. The hearings will be shown live on our website and can also be followed on various other platforms. Read on to find out how. (Read more: Scrutiny time: candidate commissioners’ hearings start today )

 
 

Live on Monday: Mario Draghi discusses monetary policy with economic committee

Others Institutions / Economic and monetary affairs22-09-2014 - 12:12
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Mario Draghi, head of the European Central Bank (ECB), will discuss the euro zone's monetary policies with the economic committee this Monday, starting 15.00 CET. The two-hour meeting will focus on the ECB's latest offer of cheap loans to banks and on the inflation differentials among the euro zone members. The quarterly monetary dialogue between Draghi and MEPs will be shown live on the Parliament website (Read more: Live on Monday: Mario Draghi discusses monetary policy with economic committee )

 
 
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MEPs meet in committee this week to prepare legislation on data protection, regional policy and discuss the annual report on immigration and asylum. They will also prepare the hearings for the new European Commission taking place from 29 September to 7 October. The nominees for the Sakharov Prize will be presented to three committees on Tuesday. On the same day EP president Martin Schulz will meet Portugal's prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho in Lisbon. (Read more: EP this week: CO2 emissions, Sakharov Prize, preparation Commission hearings )

 
 

Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication

Plenary Session Institutions19-09-2014 - 09:00
 

In a historic vote on Tuesday, Parliamentarians in Strasbourg and Kiev voted simultaneously to approve the EU–Ukraine association agreement. Closer to home, the EP proposed to increase financial aid for farmers affected by the Russian agricultural import ban and urged the EU to use all possible means to combat the Islamic State. MEPs warned that funds available for creating jobs for young people should be better used. Read on for the highlights of the September plenary session. (Read more: Things we learned in plenary: Ukraine, Ebola, jobs, medication )

 
 
Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected Infographic - Institutions18-09-2014 - 12:21

Member states have put forward their candidate commissioners, but in order for the new European Commission to be elected, they will still need to successfully pass the hearings at the European Parliament. Starting 29 September, the parliamentary committees responsible for the proposed portfolios of the candidates will question them one by one. How does this work? Find out in our infographic. (Read more: Infographic: how the European Commission will get elected )

 
 
 

Candidate commissioners face a thorough scrutiny by MEPs before the new European Commission can start its five-year term. From 29 September they will have to appear in front of parliamentary committees dealing with their proposed responsibilities. These hearings will affect the Parliament’s vote on whether to approve the new Commission. Unless MEPs vote in favour, the Commission will not be able to take office. (Read more: New Commission: how MEPs will scrutinise the candidate commissioners )

 
 

Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again

Others Institutions / Social policy12-09-2014 - 15:08
 

Tens of thousands of workers were helped to retrain, look for a new job or launch a new company in 207-2013 if they had been laid off as a result of globalisation or the economic crisis thanks to €400 million in EU funding. This aid came from the EU's Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF). On 17 September MEPs approved another aid package for workers in Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain. Find out more about the fund in our article and our chart. (Read more: Globalisation Adjustment Fund: helping redundant workers find work again )

 
 
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“What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans, because we cannot stand by and watch idly while the founding principles of the international community are being violated,” said EP president Martin Schulz during a visit to Kiev on Friday. “We have agreed on rules for states to follow when dealing with each other. These rules apply to all.” During his two-day visit, Schulz met Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk as well as president Petro Poroshenko. (Read more: Schulz in Kiev: ”What happens in Ukraine concerns all Europeans” )