EU Parliament assess McGuinness and Dombrovskis

Mairead McGuinness and Valdis Dombrovskis are appearing today before parliamentary committees, before a plenary vote on changes in the European Commission.

First, the Economic and monetary affairs committee will hold a hearing with Mairead McGuinness (Ireland) to evaluate whether she is suitable to serve as a commissioner in charge of financial services, financial stability and the Capital Markets Union.

Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia), who is the executive Vice-President of the Commission, is proposed to assume responsibility for trade and is invited to a hearing a few hours later on the same day.

The meeting will be organised by the international trade committee, with the participation of the foreign affairs committee, the economic and monetary affairs committee, the development committee and the budgets committee. As Dombrovskis is already a member of the Commission, he will only face questions on his suitability for the new portfolio.

After the evaluations are completed, Parliament will vote in plenary on 7 October.

The reshuffle at the Commission comes after the resignation of trade commissioner Phil Hogan at the end of August.

McGuinness has served as an MEP since 2004 and has been Parliament Vice-President since 2014. Valdis Dombrovskis, a former prime minister of Latvia, has been a Commission Vice-President since 2014.

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