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Oct 6, 2014

New EU executive hits obstacle in parliament

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The formation of a new EU executive hit a fresh snag on Monday when a parliamentary committee rejected the Hungarian nominated to run education and culture due to his record in a government accused of curbing civic rights.

The committee voted to accept Tibor Navracsics in another role on the European Commission but asked its incoming president, Jean-Claude Juncker, not to assign him the education, culture, youth and citizenship portfolio Juncker had proposed.

Oct 6, 2014

EU lawmakers reject Hungarian culture nominee, disrupting Juncker plan

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A European Parliament committee voted on Monday to reject the nomination of Hungarian Tibor Navracsics as education and culture commissioner, though it accepted that he could be a part of the EU executive in another role, lawmakers said.

“First defeat for Juncker!” tweeted Spanish Green Ernest Maragall, saying the vote in the culture and education committee went 14-12 against the Hungarian taking the post he was offered.

Oct 3, 2014

Moscovici set new quiz as EU executive hits political turbulence

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Pierre Moscovici, the French Socialist nominated to run the EU’s economic affairs, must answer a new round of written questions from skeptical conservative lawmakers after the vetting of a new EU executive became entangled in political score-settling.

Following a late-night decision in the European Parliament’s economic committee, the former French finance minister was spared the fate of Britain’s Jonathan Hill, who was ordered to face a second hearing in the same committee next week to defend his suitability to oversee banking and financial services.

Oct 3, 2014
Oct 2, 2014

France’s Moscovici struggles to convince EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – France’s Pierre Moscovici struggled to convince European Union lawmakers on Thursday he could enforce budget rules that his own country has repeatedly breached, as the formation of a new European Commission turned into a tit-for-tat political battle.

The Socialist, who was finance minister in Paris until six months ago, promised to apply the bloc’s deficit rules equally to all euro zone states, including his own, if confirmed as economic and monetary affairs commissioner.

Oct 2, 2014
Oct 1, 2014

New EU executive runs into trouble in parliament

BRUSSELS, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The formation of a new European
Union executive hit trouble on Wednesday as splits among EU
lawmakers held up confirmation of British and Spanish nominees
and threatened to disrupt approval for France’s choice to run
economic policy.

British Conservative Jonathan Hill, named to oversee the
finance sector, was summoned back to a new grilling next week,
and Greens and the left delayed Spaniard Miguel Arias Canete
securing the energy and climate brief, prompting a threat from
his centre-right allies to block approval for French Socialist
Pierre Moscovici at an economics committee hearing on Thursday.

Oct 1, 2014

Britain’s Hill charms EU parliament despite doubts

BRUSSELS, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Britain’s choice for the
European Commission disarmed EU lawmakers with a combination of
charm, grasp of financial regulation and a stated commitment to
European integration at a hearing in the European Parliament on
Wednesday.

Jonathan Hill, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s
increasingly Eurosceptical Conservative party, faced doubts
about his suitability to oversee banking and financial services
in the 28-nation bloc, given his country’s refusal to join the
euro or a European banking union.

Oct 1, 2014

Britain’s Hill starts ordeal in EU parliament

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain’s controversial choice for the European Commission declared his support for closer European financial integration at the start of an expected tough confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

After three days of largely softball questioning of other nominees, Jonathan Hill, a member of Prime Minister David Cameron’s increasingly Eurosceptical Conservative party, faced deep doubts among EU lawmakers about his suitability to oversee banking and financial services in the 28-nation bloc, given his country’s refusal to join the euro or a European banking union.

Sep 30, 2014
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