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According to AP, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has named the 26 people he wants to help him drive the EU’s day-to-day agenda for the next five years, including nominees for new posts that reflect major shifts in policy priorities, notably climate issues.

The incoming EU executive of nine women and 18 men, including Barroso, must still clear confirmation hearings in the European Parliament, scheduled in the week of Jan. 18.

The current portfolio of Karel De Gucht, commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, has been split into two. Andris Piebalgs, the Latvian commissioner, will take charge of development while Rumiana Zheleva, the new Bulgarian commissioner, will be responsible for international co-operation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, as European Voice reports.

Both the new portfolios are thought to work strictly with the just named High representative for foreign and security policy, Catherine Ashton from the UK.

The portfolio of employment and social affairs, which will be taken by the new Hungarian commissioner László Andor, will be expanded to cover social inclusion as part of the emphasis of Barroso II on combating poverty, as reported by the news agencies.

One of the most eye-catching new position are the two commissioner dedicated to environmental issues, Connie Hedegaard, Denmark’s climate minister until last week, for the climate action commissioner and Janez Potocnik from Slovenia for the Environment.

Other nominations include Belgium’s Karel de Gucht, now the EU development commissioner, who would be put in charge of trade, with the key job of helping revive the long-stalled Doha global trade negotiations, as the AP reports.

See the complete “Who gets What” chart on the European Voice website

By Staff – Afronline.org

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