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European Parliament

The replacement candidate for EU Commissioner-designate for humanitarian aid has said she will be a "voice for those in need", during her questioning by MEPs on 3 February 2010.

Kristalina Georgieva was giving evidence to the European Parliament's Development Committee, following the withdrawl of Rumiana Jeleva, the previous Bulgarian nominee.

Ms Jeleva stood down following her hearing with MEPs where doubts were raised about her financial interests and her suitability for the job.

There were allegations that she had not declared all her financial interests, something Ms Jeleva denied.

The European Parliament's legal service cleared her of wrongdoing, however questions continued to be raised over her competence for the job.

Ms Georgieva was given a warm response by MEPs, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman praising her "honesty and deep breadth of knowledge".

She was applauded by committee members when she told British Conservative MEP Nirj Deva that she would stand up for any vested interests of the EU and be an independent mind.

MEPs will vote on the proposed Commission as a whole during the plenary session in Strasbourg on 9 February 2010.


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