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Commissioners-designate face Parliament


11 Jan 2010


EU Priorities 2020

EurActiv ‘Special Week’ coverage on the public hearings of the Barroso II Commission

EurActiv, the independent media portal specialised in EU policies, will be running special coverage on the hearings of the commissioners who were officially appointed to the Barroso II Commission in December.

The special coverage will take place from 11-19 January, when all 27 commissioners-designate will be grilled by EU lawmakers in their respective parliamentary committees.

Thanks to its team of specialised journalists covering specific policy areas, EurActiv will bring in-depth coverage of all the main commissioners appearing before the Parliament and their related portfolios: foreign affairs, enlargement, internal market, digital agenda, climate change, environment, energy, innovation, transport, regional policy, etc. 

The special coverage will centre on the main policy orientations of the new Commission, going beyond the personal profiles of the commissioners.

To access EurActiv’s coverage of the hearings so far, please click the links below:

Tension mounts ahead of EU ‘job interviews’ [FR] [DE] 

Barnier: Back on familiar territory? [FR] [DE] 

Lewandowski pleads for cohesion and dynamics  

Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament, told EurActiv: “I must highlight that European democracy is more than European elections once every five years. It is about engaging with national politics on a daily basis.”

The Special Week will feature on EurActiv’s EU Priorities 2020 section, available here: [FR] [DE]. The section is accessible free of charge thanks to the kind support of the following sponsors: Speak Up Europe, Coca-Cola, IBM and Enel.

Media contacts:

Frédéric Simon, Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.78,

Daniela Vincenti-Mitchener, Managing Editor, Tel. +32(0)2.788.36.69, 

Christophe Leclercq, Publisher,, Tel. +32(0),

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