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Find out about this year's nominees for the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.

One of the decisive moments of a previous designate commissioner's hearings. Tune in from 30 September to follow live the new designate-commissioners hearings.        

Parliament’s committees will assess the fitness of the commissioners-designate for their proposed posts in public hearings between 30 September and 8 October. Watch it live online.

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Before the commissioners-designate can take office, Parliament exercises its power of democratic scrutiny by holding public hearings to assess their suitability for the job.

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If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, the effects will be felt by people and companies across Europe. The EU has adopted measures to mitigate the impact of a disorderly withdrawal.

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2018 Sakharov Prize laureate is Oleg Sentsov ©Sergei Venyavsky/Getty Images        

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Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov was the winner of the European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thougth in 2018. The award ceremony was held in Strasbourg on 12 December 2018.

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