Kallas faces Europarliament
Estonia's future European Commissioner Siim Kallas passed the three-hour cross-examination by the Europarliament budgetary committee, his final step before starting work as administrative affairs, audit and anti-corruption commissioner. Kallas should start work in that capacity on November 1.
Kallas promised modern security, an end to wasted money, no tolerance for corruption, openness in official proceedings and better protection to those who reveal corruption. MEPs showed the most interest in how Kallas plans to protect those who reveal corruption.
Kallas said that he would create an atmosphere where critical remarks are welcome and officials who make their positions public are protected. Kallas was accused by some of being too vague in his answers.