European Parliament commissions decided on Tuesday to approve the nomination of Leonard Orban as EU’s future Commissioner for Multilingualism after his preliminary hearing before MEPs on Monday. But EP president Josep Borell suggested to expand Orban’s responsibilities to include minority rights, according to an AFP report.

Talks in the EP commissions after Orban answered European parliamentarians’ questions focused on two issues: first, his performance yesterday was appreciated by most EP groups; second, further work was needed to clarify the need for a portfolio within the European Commission, to tackle multilingualism exclusively.

The Romanian Commissioner will receive the final vote of the EP plenary in a December 12 session.

EP commissions also agreed with Bulgarian nominee Meglena Kuneva. After her own appearance before EU parliamentarians yesterday, she was found to have the professional experience needed to tackle her future portfolio as a commissioner for consumer protection.