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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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Sep 29, 2014

New EU team starts hearings for parliament’s approval

BRUSSELS, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The European Union’s new
executive began a nine-day series of confirmation hearings in
parliament on Monday that will fix the shape of a management
team that hopes to revive the EU economy and regain the trust of
voters.

There were few surprises and fewer sparks as the first four
of 27 nominees were quizzed on issues that underlined the scope
of Brussels’ powers, from trade rules with the United States and
Russia to telecoms mergers and Internet privacy, aid to the
developing world and the plight of migratory birds over Malta.

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