This advisory provides practical information on the hearing of Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) taking place on 3 October from 8.30 to 11.30.
Mr Šefčovič, who is currently in charge of Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight, will be questioned by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety after he was assigned the role of Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal, following Frans Timmermans’ decision to run as a candidate in the forthcoming general election campaign in the Netherlands.
The committees on Industry, Research and Energy, on Transport and Tourism and on Agriculture and Rural Development will participate in his hearing.
The hearing will take place from 8.30 to 11.30 in the European Parliament in Strasbourg in meeting room WEISS 1.4.
A press point by the committee chair Mr. Pascal Canfin (Renew, FR) is scheduled to take place after the hearing, next to the meeting room (tbc).
For further general information on the hearing and official documents, please see here.
Written questions and answers
Mr Šefčovič’s answers to the written questions from the relevant committees can be found here.
Structure of the hearing
The hearing will last three hours. The candidate will make a 15-minute introductory statement, which will be followed by questions from MEPs. There will be 25 questions altogether: one minute per question, followed by a one-minute answer from the candidate and a possible follow-up question from the MEP. Before the hearing ends, the candidate will be able to give a five-minute statement.
The hearing will immediately be followed by an in-camera meeting, in which the chairs and group representatives (coordinators) will evaluate Mr Šefčovič’s performance.
The Conference of Committee Chairs will then assess the outcome of the hearing and forward its conclusions to the Conference of Presidents. On 4 October, the latter will conduct the final evaluation and decide whether to close the hearing process and hold a vote during the October plenary session on 5 October.
Audiovisual services and webstreaming
Parliament’s Multimedia Centre will provide HD quality videos, high-resolution photos and audio material (grouped by hearing in “media packages”). Find the package for Mr Šefčovič here.
HD quality videos can be downloaded within 30 minutes of the start of the hearing (live replays) and a selection of high-quality photos will be available for download.
Accreditation and access
No special accreditation is necessary. Journalists holding an inter-institutional pass or annual pass delivered by the Parliament can enter Parliament’s premises as they always do. Seats for journalists will be reserved in the last row of meeting room WEISS 1.4, available on a “first come, first served” basis.