JUNKER TO REQUEST EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT’S APPROVAL ON 22 OCTOBER
The European Parliament has set the hearings of Slovenia’s commissioner-designate Violeta Bulc, and, Slovakia’s Maroš Šefčovič, for Monday (20 October), opening the way, if everything goes well, for a vote on the entire team of President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker, on 22 October, reports www.euractiv.com.
The Parliament’s committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) will audition Bulc starting at 19.00 hours local time, in Strasbourg. The committees for Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) will hold their hearing with Šefčovič simultaneously.
Šefčovič, for whom the new post is actually a promotion, was originally pencilled in as Juncker’s Transport Commissioner, a role that now goes to Violeta Bulc, Bratušek’s replacement as Slovenia’s candidate Commissioner.
On 8 October, 112 MEPs sitting in the Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Environment Committee judged Bratušek unfit for the job. Only 13 votes were cast in her favour, after her confirmation hearing. Among other things, the former Slovenian prime minister was criticised for having nominated herself.