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Public Affairs 20-05-2015

Lobbyists shift tactics to espouse Commission’s ‘cluster’ structure

In the past year, EU lobbyists in Brussels have shifted their modus operandi to look increasingly outwards for allies in a move to adapt to the new cluster structure of the European Commission.

Global Europe 21-10-2014

Chizhov: Russia stands ready to cooperate with the new Commission

Russia is fully prepared to reinvigorate its relations with the new European Commission, led by Jean-Claude Juncker, Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview. “I would suggest that we should not concentrate on slogans, or debate whether our relationship is strategic or not, but rather look into the substance”, the diplomat said. 

EU Priorities 2020 30-09-2014

Moedas makes impassioned plea for Europe, science and research

Carlos Moedas, the Portuguese Commissioner-designate for Research, Science and Innovation, sailed through his confirmation hearing in the European Parliament today (30 September), sweeping aside criticism that he helped implement one of the toughest austerity programmes during the eurozone crisis.

EU Priorities 2020 23-09-2014

MEPs load their guns for EU commissioner hearings

European parliament committees expressed their concerns about the structure, portfolios and competences of candidates in written questions to the 27 commissioners-designate. The queries were sent to the candidates last week as part of the approval process of the new Juncker Commission.

EU Elections 2014 23-09-2014

Analyst: MEPs rejecting Hill is tantamount to ‘nuclear option’

Among the “problematic” candidate-commissioners, the one which the European Parliament would most like to disqualify at the hearings starting next week is the UK's Jonathan Hill. But this would amount to launching a nuclear attack. That’s why it is more likely that MEPs will try to “take the scalp” of a candidate from a less strategic country, an expert told EURACTIV.

Brexit 04-09-2014

Britain handed climate and energy portfolio in draft Juncker Commission line-up

The UK could miss out on its desired economics portfolio in Jean-Claude’s Juncker’s new European Commission, instead being handed responsibility for the EU’s energy and climate change policies.

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03-09-2014

Belgium keeps Juncker waiting

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker started interviewing candidates for commissioners on Tuesday, after all member states except Belgium presented their candidacies. Belgium is expected to do so on 4 September, though the Commission has not confirmed the date.

Frans Timmermans at the opening night of the Crossing Border Festival 2008 [Flick/Maurice]
EU Priorities 2020 02-09-2014

Dutch name emerges for EU post amid doubt about his chances

Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans was due to meet the president of the European Commission today (2 September) about a senior role in the European Union's executive body, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reported on Monday.

EU Elections 2014 30-08-2014

Paris socialist pre-summit focuses on economy, employment

Eight social democrat leaders including Sigmar Gabriel from Germany, Denmark's Helle Thorning-Schmidt and Italy's Matteo Renzi said today (30 August) in Paris that they want to add economic policy to the agenda of the EU summit.

Jean-Claude Juncker with European heads of state [European Council]
EU Elections 2014 29-08-2014

Wrap-up: Leaders choose Tusk, Mogherini at Summit

EU leaders gathered at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on EU top jobs and to respond to the escalating conflict in Eastern Ukraine. An overview of events, as they happened, is below.

Future EU 26-08-2014

EU summit only to decide Van Rompuy and Ashton successors

EXCLUSIVE / The extraordinary EU summit on 30 August, which was expected to put together “the full puzzle” of the EU top jobs for the next five years, will only decide on the successors of Council President Herman Van Rompuy, and EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton, sources told EURACTIV today (26 August).

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When science meets politics: the EU’s impact assessment review

The European Commission is reviewing its impact assessment guidelines amid accusations that science is becoming increasingly politicised and scientists manipulated by policymakers and powerful interest groups.

Future EU 07-08-2014

Cluster model could help Juncker solve Commission puzzle

An influential think-tank’s proposal to streamline the European executive may hold the solution to incoming Commission President Jean Claude Juncker’s difficulties in apportioning jobs among his new team, writes Jeremy Fleming.

Anne Glover at the 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, 18-22 June 2012 [Photo: European Biomass Conference and Exhibition / Flickr]

Glover: EU chief scientist should stay in the shadows

Anne Glover, the EU’s Chief Scientific Advisor, has said that her opinions to the European Commission should remain independent from politics and therefore “not transparent” and immune from public scrutiny. The incoming Commission chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering to maintain her position after Barroso leaves, EURACTIV understands.

Catherine Ashton with Radoslaw Sikorski [European External Action Service/Flickr]
EU Priorities 2020 01-08-2014

Poland, Italy nominations leave Juncker needing four more commissioners

Italy and Poland today confirmed the two leading candidates for the job of EU foreign affairs chief as their nominations for commissioner, leaving Jean-Claude Juncker waiting for Belgium, the Netherlands Cyprus and Denmark to complete the line-up of the new European Commission.

Marianne Thyssen, Belgian Christian-democrat MEP (EPP) [European Parliament]
EU Priorities 2020 30-07-2014

Belgian coalition talks stumble over commissioner choice

The outgoing Belgian prime minister, Elio Di Rupo, has asked political parties engaged in government coalition talks to choose an EU commission nominee before Friday (1 August).

EU Elections 2014 30-07-2014

France names ex-finance minister Moscovici as commissioner

President François Hollande formally proposed his former finance minister Pierre Moscovici on Tuesday (29 July) to be France's representative in the next European Commission which takes office later this year.

Security 28-07-2014

Greek defence minister nominated as commissioner

The Greek coalition government has nominated defence minister Dimitris Avramopoulos as commissioner in the new EU executive. EURACTIV Greece reports.

MEP Reinhard Bütikofer [EP]
EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2014

Green MEP: ‘Juncker could be the most successful Commission president since Jacques Delors’

The majority won by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the European Parliament was not an attempt to save face, says Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer. The legislator voted for Juncker because the centre-right politician shares many positions of the European Greens, and could set a new EU course on issues like immigration policy, TTIP and socio-economic policy.

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EU Priorities 2020 16-07-2014

INFOGRAPHIC: Who’s who in the new European Commission?

After his election as European Commission President on Tuesday (15 July), Jean-Claude Juncker can now start discussions with member states on how to allocate portfolios within his team. Below is an overview of all Commissioners already designated by their member state as well as presumed candidates.

Jean-Claude Juncker is hoping for support from a majority in the European Parliament on 17 July after being nominated for Commission President by the European Council. [EP]
EU Elections 2014 16-07-2014

Commission ‘clusterisation’ may follow EU budget headings

The future Commission could be designed along “clusters” reflecting the five headings of the EU budget. Accordingly, five Commission Vice Presidents will be responsible for these clusters, but the concept of “junior” and “senior” commissioners has been rejected, sources told EURACTIV.

Juncker and Hollande
EU Priorities 2020 14-07-2014

France seeks top EU portfolio, not gender balance

Paris seeks to obtain the economic and monetary affairs portfolio in the new European Commission and has less interest in ensuring gender balance in the EU executive. EURACTIV France reports.

Giles Merritt [Friends of Europe/Flickr]

Juncker’s make-or-break presidency

The EU elections highlighted the “big picture” of the EU’s accelerating unpopularity, but was quickly eclipsed by the much smaller question of who should head the European Commission. Let's get back to the big questions: Europe's influence, EU bureaucracy and how to rule over the EU citizen, writes Giles Merritt.

EU Priorities 2020 10-07-2014

Juncker may punish Cameron with top job carve-up

Britain may come away empty-handed when EU leaders finalise a package of top EU jobs next week, due to its fierce opposition to Jean-Claude Juncker's appointment as the next European Commission president.