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27 November 2009

Barroso final portfolio allocations for new Commission – French commissioner for financial services

The new College will have 27 members including 9 women. The members of the College come from different political families, notably the European People's Party (EPP). 14 members, including the President, are already members of the outgoing College.

Responsibilities of the Commissioners-designate

·                     Joaquín ALMUNIA: Competition. Vice-President of the Commission
·                     László ANDOR: Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
·                     Baroness Catherine ASHTON: High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security and Vice-President of the Commission
·                     Michel BARNIER: Internal Market and Services
·                     Dacian CIOLOS: Agriculture and Rural Development
·                     John DALLI: Health and Consumer Policy
·                     Maria DAMANAKI: Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
·                     Karel DE GUCHT: Trade
·                     Štefan FÜLE: Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy *
·                     Johannes HAHN: Regional Policy
·                     Connie HEDEGAARD: Climate Action
·                     Maire GEOGHEGAN-QUINN: Research and Innovation
·                     Rumiana JELEVA: International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. *
·                     Siim KALLAS: Transport. Vice-President of the Commission
·                     Neelie KROES: Digital Agenda. Vice-President of the Commission
·                     Janusz LEWANDOWSKI: Budget and Financial Programming
·                     Cecilia MALMSTRÖM: Home Affairs
·                     Günter OETTINGER: Energy
·                     Andris PIEBALGS: Development*
·                     Janez POTOČNIK: Environment
·                     Viviane REDING: Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship. Vice-President of the Commission.
·                     Olli REHN: Economic and Monetary Affairs
·                     Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ: Vice-President of the Commission for Inter-institutional Relations and Administration
·                     Algirdas ŠEMETA: Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-fraud
·                     Antonio TAJANI: Industry and Entrepreneurship. Vice-President of the Commission
·                     Androulla VASSILIOU: Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Next steps
The new Commission must gain approval from the European Parliament before it takes office for a term running until 31 October 2014. Commissioners-designate will appear in individual hearings before parliamentary committees from 11-19 January. The vote of consent on the new Commission as a whole is expected to take place on 26 January. On the basis of the vote of consent, the Commission shall be appointed by the European Council. Then it can start working.
It will do so on the basis of the political guidelines for the next Commission set out by President Barroso last September. He highlighted the need for EU leadership, shaping globalisation on the basis of its values and interests. Taking global interdependence as the starting point, he set out a transformational agenda for the EU, a Europe that puts people at the heart of its agenda. He emphasized five key challenges facing the community:
·                     Restarting economic growth today and ensuring long–term sustainability and competitiveness for the future
·                     Fighting unemployment and reinforcing our social cohesion
·                     Turning the challenge of a sustainable Europe to our competitive advantage
·                     Ensuring the security of Europeans
·                     Reinforcing EU citizenship and participation.
Priorities for tackling these challenges will be set in a ten year framework to deliver a vision for the EU in 2020, reinvigorating the inclusive social market economy that is the hallmark of the European way of life. The allocation of portfolios has been structured to deliver this ambitious agenda.

© European Commission

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