Geoghegan-Quinn to face grilling by EU
Former Fianna Fail minister Maire Geoghegan-Quinn will face a three-hour grilling in the European Parliament next week over her credentials for the role of European Commissioner.
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn faces questions from 55 members of the industry, research and energy committee made up of the various European political parties on January 13. The only Irish MEP on the committee is Fianna Fail's Brian Crowley.
Following the oral hearings, which take place from January 11 to 19, MEPs will decide on January 26 whether to approve the group of 26 commissioners, known collectively as a college. If problems arise with individual nominees, during the hearings process, further discussions will be required with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Ms Geoghegan-Quinn has already written to the parliament outlining her plans for her new role as commissioner but was not available yesterday to elaborate on the plans.