At the beginning of the Parliament the nominees for Commissioner were questioned by MEPs to assess their suitability for the role.
The proposed new structure of the Commission included the important new role of Vice President; helping to steer the Commission’s policy.
The Vice President for the Energy Union position is of vital importance, combining environmental and energy policy across the 28 Member States.
As a new member of the Environmental Committee, I was given the opportunity to ask the nominee to be the next European Commission Vice President of the Energy Union, Alenka Bratušek, on her commitment to climate change – you can see from her answer why she didn’t make the grade:
Unsurprisingly 122 out of 135 votes, including my own, rejected her nomination.