|Political Flair||5 / 10|
|Credibility||6 / 10|
|Energy||7 / 10|
|Warmth||4 / 10|
|Ability to connect with people outside Brussels||4 / 10|
|Likelihood of being approved by the EP||9 / 10|
|Overall rating||5 / 10|
Jobs and growth!
There can be no sustainable growth without a solid industrial base!
Industry is the heart of the real economy!
Goods and services are mutually dependent!
We need to boost industry’s competitiveness!
My approach will be comprehensive and will encompass all sectors!
Health and safety come first! (oh, hang on, wasn’t that jobs and growth?)
Let’s put Europe back to work!
So was the style of Bieńkowska’s hearing; it was in the Pizza Quattro Stagioni approach to hearings – give every member of the European Parliament a bit of a good taste, but at the expense of lacking any overall coherence. She also name checked half of her fellow Commissioners, trying to give the impression of being a collegial player.
Bieńkowska mostly read from a written script, clearly tried to cover a lot, and was high on slogans and sound-bites, and low on concrete policy commitments. Everything was a priority for her, meaning it was hard to tell what her priority actually was. A question from the S&D group tried to get more information about the balance of free markets and investment, and here too she tried to present both sides.
There is also something rather strange about Bieńkowska’s delivery, either in English (her initial statement) or in Polish (when answering) – she comes across as very stern and formal, patronising almost in her body language. Occasionally when answering questions she became more animated, and started to move her hands and engage MEPs in eye contact and came across better than in the initial statement.
Photo: CC License from flickr – original source here.