The EPP Group fully supports the nomination of Iliana Ivanova as the new European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.
Speaking after Ivanova’s parliamentary hearing today, Christian Ehler MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman on Industry, Research and Energy, said: "Her strong and knowledgeable performance today showed again that Ms Ivanova is an excellent and well-qualified candidate."
"We need a Commissioner that understands research, innovation and the intricacies of the implementation of the Union budget. Ms Ivanova has it all and therefore I am confident that she can effectively execute the responsibilities of the Commissioner responsible for the largest public research programme in the world. We are looking forward to working with her", continued Ehler.
Tomasz Frankowski MEP, the EPP Group's Spokesman on Culture and Education, stated: "After today's hearing, I am convinced that Iliana Ivanova is the right person for this job. Our MEPs asked her very specific questions on key programmes such as Erasmus Plus, Creative Europe or the European Solidarity Corps and I have to say that Ms Ivanova not only gave very good, detailed and comprehensive answers, but she also showed a broad long-term vision for her work and actions as a future Commissioner in the areas of education, culture, youth and sport. I am looking forward to cooperating with Iliana Ivanova and her team in order to advance even further our priorities and works before the end of the term."
Ivanova was heard today by Parliament’s joint Committees on Industry, Research and Energy and on Culture and Education. For the final confirmation of Ivanova as a new Commissioner, Parliament needs to hold a plenary vote, which will most likely take place next week in Strasbourg.
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