• MEPs question commissioner

    The new EU transport commissioner Antonio Tajani faced forceful questioning by MEPs as the successor to Jacques Barrot.

    The former journalist and MEP for Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party was clearly well prepared to answer questions on European transport issues, even though he has no transport background other than working in military air traffic control some time ago.

    Given his fiercely nationalist background, MEPs were keen to get answers on his ability to be impartial, especially as he will have to deal with issues relating to Italy, including funding for trans-European networks infrastructure and a legal case involving state aid to the Alitalia airline.