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06/12/2016

Juncker fine-tunes new Commission ahead of vote

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Juncker fine-tunes new Commission ahead of vote

Jean-Claude Juncker has made concessions to Parliament ahead of today's vote. [European Parliament/Flickr]

Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to pressure from the European Parliament with some final modifications to Commission portfolios, ahead of today’s vote in Strasbourg. EurActiv France reports

The Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced some last-minute changes to the distribution of portfolios among the College of Commissioners this morning.

In response to pressure from the Socialists & Democrats, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans will now take responsibility for Sustainable Development. Juncker has promised that under the new Commission, the Directorate General for Health, rather than Trade, will now be responsible for medication.

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The President has also given concessions to the liberals, who had called for the withdrawal of the Hungarian Commissioner’s responsibility for Citizenship. This portfolio has been taken from the Hungarian Navracsis and given to the Greek Commissioner in charge of Immigration. In return, the Hungarian Commissioner has received the Sports portfolio, and will remain in charge of Culture.

>> Read:Liberals demand last-minute concessions in return for Juncker vote

Jean-Claude Juncker also expressed his regret at the modest number of female Commissioners in his College. “9 women out of 28. It’s ridiculous,” he said, to applause from the Parliament.

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