This advisory provides practical information on the hearing of Iliana Ivanova (Bulgaria) taking place on 5 September from 9.30 to 12.30.
Ms Ivanova, Commissioner-designate for innovation, research, culture, education and youth, will be questioned by the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Culture and Education Committee to assess her competences and suitability to become Commissioner, replacing Mariya Gabriel, who resigned on 15 May to become Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria.
The hearing will take place in meeting room ANTALL 2Q2.
A press point by the committee chairs Cristian-Silviu BUŞOI and Sabine VERHEYEN will take place after the hearing, next to the meeting room.
For further general information on the hearing and official documents, please see here.
Written questions and answers
Ms Ivanova’s answers to the written questions from the relevant committees can be found here.
Structure of the hearing
The hearing will last three hours. The candidate will make a 15-minute introductory statement, which will be followed by questions from MEPs. There will be 25 questions altogether: one minute per question, followed by a one-minute answer from the candidate and a possible follow-up question from the MEP. Before the hearing ends, the candidate will be able to give a five-minute statement.
The hearing will immediately be followed by an in camera meeting in which the chairs and group representatives (coordinators) of the two committees will evaluate Ms Ivanova’s suitability for the post.
The Conference of Committee Chairs will then assess the outcome of the hearing and forward its conclusions to the Conference of Presidents. On 6 September, the latter will conduct the final evaluation and decide whether to close the hearing process and hold a vote during the September plenary session.
Audiovisual services and webstreaming
HD quality videos can be downloaded within 30 minutes of the start of the hearing (live replays) and a selection of high-quality photos will be available for download.
Accreditation and access
No special accreditation is necessary. Journalists holding an inter-institutional pass or annual pass delivered by the Parliament can enter Parliament’s premises as they always do. Seats for journalists will be reserved in the last row of meeting room ANTALL 2Q2.
Those who do not have a pass need to request short-term accreditation through Parliament’s registration website.