New Barroso line-up looks set for green light

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The major political groups in the EP have signalled that
they can accept the Barroso Commission’s
new line-up.

 

The major political groups in the European
Parliament have signalled that they can accept
the Barroso Commission’s new
line-up.

The hearings of the three commissioners in
question are scheduled to take place on
15-16 November. This will be followed by a debate
on 17 November and a vote on 18
november.

Martin Schultz, leader of the PES group, who
led the protest against the now ousted Italian
Commissioner designate Rocco Buttiglione, has
signalled his satisfaction with the new team:
 

“We had four core demands. Three of them
have been met. We appreciate that Mr Barroso has
moved,” he said. The leader of the
conservative PPE group Hans-Gert Pöttering
also signalled his satisfaction with the new
line-up.

The new Commissioners designate are the
Italian Franco Frattini, who will take over
the Justice and Home affairs portfolio
and the Latvian Andris Piebalgs, who will
look after the energy portfolio. The
Hungarian Commissioner designate Lászlo
Kóvács, who was first destined to have
energy as his dossier, was moved to the
taxation portfolio after he was criticised
for having insufficient energy policy
knowledge. 

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