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Public Affairs 27-06-2013

What is wrong with the European Commission?

The European Commission, a crucial EU institution, is beset with difficulties. It is popular with neither governments nor voters. Twenty years ago, many people looked to the Commission to set the EU’s agenda and take the lead in managing crises. But few people expect the Commission to play that role today, writes Charles Grant.
Euro & Finance 07-06-2012

Parliament to dismiss plans for European credit ratings

MEPs are likely to reject the idea of a European approach to credit rating and have delayed a vote on the issue, highlighting difficulties in implementing a European Commission proposal that many lawmakers argue is unrealistic.
Public Affairs 16-10-2009

Kallas: Commission must address ‘rigid’ recruitment system

The European Commission should address the EU's "rigid" recruitment and career development systems to bring them more in line with today's flexible labour market, Siim Kallas, a vice-president of the EU executive, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Public Affairs 16-10-2009

Commission must address ‘rigid’ recruitment system

The European Commission should address the EU's "rigid" recruitment and career development systems to bring them more in line with today's flexible labour market, Siim Kallas, a vice-president of the EU executive, told EURACTIV in an interview.
EU Priorities 2020 24-09-2009

Barroso weighs options for new-look EU executive

With the dawn of the second Barroso Commission, EURACTIV examines how portfolios may be restructured in a new-look EU executive. The likeliest high-profile changes include new commissioners for climate action and migration.
Brexit 21-09-2009

Barroso seizes control of ‘Better Regulation’ agenda

Brussels' bid to slash red tape by 25% is to be controlled by the president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, as part of a shakeup of commissioners' portfolios.
Brexit 31-08-2009

Next Commission needs ‘courage’ to redress Europe’s economy, experts say

Political analysts in Brussels are urging the next European Commission to be bolder and more strategic than it has been so far in proposing ways out of the crisis as it will have to ward off economic nationalism and win over EU governments and citizens.
Public Affairs 22-11-2007

Abolish 12 unnecessary EU departments

Twelve directorate generals at the European Commission should be abolished, claims Alex Singleton in a paper for the Globalisation Institute.
Future EU 05-11-2007

The Reform Treaty: two treaties for the price of one?

The EU's Reform Treaty has actually produced two treaties: "a treaty on the EU, which contains most of the institutional provisions, and a second treaty on the functioning of the Union", write Daniel Gros and Stefano Micossi of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS).
EU Priorities 2020 22-10-2007

Europe’s future: a chance for wise men?

It is not a foregone conclusion that the 'committee of wise men' proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy to reshape the EU's future will be a success, and it is vital to prevent it from being "instrumentalised in the political arena", argues a new Spotlight Europe paper.
Public Affairs 04-05-2007

EU officials receive ‘bureaucracy killer’ awards

Commission staff were rewarded for ideas to improve working methods at the most emblematic Brussels-based EU institution as it seeks to eradicate its image of heavy and inefficient bureaucracy.
EU Priorities 2020 05-03-2007

Interview: ‘Proud to be fanatical about UK independence’

Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) spoke to EURACTIV recently about his continuing commitment to the UKIP cause in Brussels, and why he believes that Britain is 'tying itself in knots' over the 10% of its goods that are exported to Europe. 
Future EU 02-03-2007

Nigel Farage: ‘Wrecking EU has never been UKIP’s aim’

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says that his party is genuinely non-racist and has managed to draw support from a wide spectrum of voters disenchanted with the EU project. Speaking exclusively to EURACTIV, he further argues that the UK can better adapt to globalisation in isolation, rather than belonging to the 27-member bloc. 
Enlargement 15-11-2006

Socialists criticise new commissioner’s portfolio

Socialist Group leader Martin Schulz has described the Romanian commissioner’s role as 'skimpy' and suggested that he should be made commissioner for minorities instead of multilingualism.
Enlargement 26-10-2006

Barroso approves Kuneva for consumer protection

On 26 October 2006, Commission President Barroso agreed to Meglena Kuneva as commissioner candidate for Bulgaria and assigned her the portfolio of consumer protection.
Public Affairs 05-10-2006

Verheugen: “Commissioners’ main political task is controlling officials”

Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen has called for radical reforms of the Brussels executive, including reducing the number of DGs and removing officials' powers.
Enlargement 02-10-2006

Bulgaria and Romania prepare for Commission reshuffle

EU institutions are preparing for the two new member states set to join in 2007. Topics currently being discussed are the candidates for the Commission and the portfolio reshuffle.
EU Priorities 2020 21-01-2005

MEPs favour changes to Commissioner hearings

The format for Commissioner hearings, in place since 1994, is likely to undergo reforms prior to the approval of the next college in 2009.
EU Priorities 2020 08-09-2004

Will Barroso’s reform agenda extend to Commission internal management?

Following the Kinnock reforms, further Commission management changes are in the pipeline. Several staff associations have come up with practical steps as the new college prepares its specific initiatives.
EU Priorities 2020 28-11-2003

Interview news: Kinnock on recruitment for enlargement and preventing corruption

In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV, Commissioner Kinnock highlights the good governance practices which the EU has been putting in place in time for a major enlargement recruitment drive.

Full interview: Kinnock on recruitment for enlargement and preventing corruption

Full version of EURACTIV's exclusive interview with Commissioner Kinnock on recruitment for enlargement and preventing corruption.
EU Priorities 2020 11-06-2003

Commission Reform

LinksDossier on the Commission's internal reform of its budget and planning procedures, financial control and staff policy.
EU Priorities 2020 20-05-2003

Council agrees on new EU staff regulations; civil servants strike

The Council reached a compromise political agreement on 19 May on new Staff Regulations for employees of the EU Institutions.