The United Kingdom’s nominee to the European Commission, Jonathan Hill, could be called back for a second hearing before the European Parliament, after MEPs tonight (1 October) demanded that he provide more complete answers to their questions before they approve him.
Hill appeared this afternoon before MEPs on the committee for economic and monetary affairs to answer questions about his suitability for the financial services portfolio, as well as his policies and intentions. Many MEPs left the hearing grumbling that he did not provide sufficiently detailed answers to their questions.
Hill’s opponents appear to have gained an upper hand at a meeting this evening between the committee’s co-ordinators. Although they have yet to decide on next steps, the committee is almost certain to withhold its approval for the moment.
One parliamentary source told European Voice that MEPs envisaged sending Hill a further questionnaire and, depending on his answers, inviting him in for a more informal “exchange of views”. Another said that Hill could be invited back for an exchange of views – or even a full hearing – as early as Monday (6 October).
Meetings between MEPs on the subject of Hill’s nomination are ongoing.