Štefan Füle i , the Commissioner-designate for EU i enlargement and neighbourhood policy, sat his oral exam on Tuesday 12 January. MEPs quizzed him about his ideas on enlargement, the state of play in negotiations with Turkey, the prospects for accession of the Western Balkans, cooperation with the High Representative and his professional experience.
During the hearing, several MEPs stressed the need for the Commission to take steps to counter the enlargement "fatigue" being expressed by public opinion in Europe. "We must be clearer about enlargement and demonstrate its benefits, otherwise we are heading for failure", Mr Füle told MEPs.
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In the Chair : Gabriele ALBERTINI (EPP, IT)