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European parliament flexes its muscles over health

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.214a (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:214

The European Union's commissioner for social affairs, Padraig Flynn, will be particularly keen to put January behind him. He is still nursing his wounds after being ambushed by members of the European Parliament. The ambush was, however, only one sign of the parliament's new found interest in exercising its powers.

The ambush came during the European parliament's first ever public cross examination of the 20 new European commissioners. Flynn, whose work in his post over the past two years has generally been considered sound, ended up being judged on a lacklustre performance on the day. Even so he came through the ordeal, and, with his colleagues, has been voted a five year term in Brussels. Of some comfort was the fact that no one voiced …

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