Commissioner hearings: Breton, Várhelyi & Vălean
This is the one to watch today: France’s Thierry Breton whose position as CEO of the IT firm Atos certainly puts him into numerous conflicts of interests….
Similarly, Greek MEP Stelios Kouloglou has deep misgivings about the Hungarian’s candidacy:
Our first intervention in the hearing comes from Cypriot MEP:
Welcome to our Commissioners’ blog – maybe it’s the last one? Or not…. With news that the UK is refusing to send or nominate a Commissioner until after the December election, who knows if we might be back here again in a few weeks’ time.
And maybe not only the UK Commissioner up for the hearing…. especially if any of these three fail to get through today.
The one to watch: France’s Thierry Breton and Macron-ally for portfolio that includes the internal market, EU industry, defense, space and digital policy.
But first up, Hungary’s premanent representative to the EU, Olivér Várhelyi….friend of Viktor Orbán, no less. A far-right politician in charge of the Enlargement portfolio….yep, that should work well (!).