Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, the Lithuanian nominee for the European Commission, attended his confirmation hearings at the European Parliament on Tuesday. Andriukaitis, who is tipped for the health portfolio, would not rate his performance, but said that answering questions of the European Parliament members was a worthwhile experience.
Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis
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"Personally I feel pleased. The opportunity to be here and talk, convince and discuss is a huge step forward in itself. We will know soon if members of the European Parliament were also persuaded," Andriukaitis told Lithuanian journalists in Brussels.

When asked if he was pleased with his performance at the hearings, Andriukaitis said that it was not a beauty contest.

"I know spheres that are unfamiliar to me. Besides, talking at the Parliament is a subtle genre. There are areas were you cannot give any promises or concrete answers as these are very subtle political matters," said the politician.

Lithuanian nominee for health and food safety did not hide that before the hearings at the EP he was trained by a vast team of specialists, former MEPs among them.

Experts have said that Andriukaitis' answers were too abstract, but future European Commission member did not give prominence to this and said that the more criticism there is, the better.

The EP Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will evaluate the candidate's suitability and will submit the candidate for the confirmation by the political leadership of the Parliament.

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