The nominee to be the Czech Republic’s European commissioner, Věra Jourová, has been approved by the European Parliament, clearing the way for the liberal politician to take responsibility for the Commission’s policies on justice, consumer issues and gender equality.
Jourová, who was previously the Czech minister for regional development and had hoped to become the European commissioner for regional policy, secured the Parliament’s approval only after providing written answers to a list of questions that the Parliament believed she had failed to answer adequately during her hearing last Wednesday (1 October).
Jourová was one of six commissioners-designate to be asked by the Parliament to answer additional questions. The number of questions that Jourová faced, however, was unusually high, at 32. The only other would-be commissioner to face a comparable second quizzing is Jonathan Hill, the British nominee, who is facing a full second hearing today.
The decision to approve Jourová today was taken by the Parliament’s political groups without the need for a full committee vote.
Jourová is one of three liberal female commissioners-designate to face a difficult approval process. Cecilia Malmström, the serving European commissioner for home affairs, had to provide a written statement before being approved as the next commissioner for trade. Alenka Bratušek, a former Slovenian prime minister, has yet to win backing as vice-president responsible for the European Union’s ‘energy union’. A decision is expected tonight, but the reaction of MEPs after her hearing yesterday (6 October) suggested that she may be asked additional questions or be rejected in the role currently designated to her.
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