Tuesday, August 31, 1999 Published at 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
MEPs quiz more commissioners
MEPs spend three hours questioning each commissioner-designate
The European Parliament has been carrying out a second day of hearings to establish whether nominees to the new European Commission are fit to take up office.
Among those under the spotlight on Tuesday were Germany's Michaele Schreyer, who would be responsible for the European Union's budget in the new Commission, and Finland's Erkki Liikanen, the designated commissioner for industry and the information society.
Ms Schreyer stressed she would keep a tight rein on the EU budget. She also said any suspicion of fraud within the new Commission should be investigated.
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Ms Schreyer told the MEPs that she would like the EU to have revenue-raising powers, saying this would stop arguments over which countries benefit most from the EU budget.
She said that she would also not wait until an already-agreed 2006 deadline before launching a review of the way the EU finances itself.
Poul Nielson, commissioner-designate for development and humanitarian aid, also came in for questioning.
He pledged stronger EU participation to "eradicate poverty", using a mixture of commerce and aid.
More commissioners-designate are set to come under the spotlight on Wednesday. They include: Mario Monti, Guenter Verheugen, Philippe Busquin and Pedro Solbes Mira.
That would plunge the European Union into a new crisis and analysts say it is unlikely to happen.
Conservative members of the European Parliament say they will try to prevent the re-appointment of the four commissioners from the old body.
But a spokesman for incoming Commission President Romano Prodi said only new and fundamental facts of improper conduct unearthed during these hearings would persuade him to make changes.
The Commission is responsible for proposing EU legislation and for ensuring member states comply with it.
France, Germany, Britain, Spain and Italy supply two commissioners each, and the remaining 10 countries one each.