European Commission 2009-2014
Two weeks ago the portfolio responsibilities for the next Commission (2009-2014) were announced by Josť Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.
Some new portfolios, namely Climate Action, Home Affairs, Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship were introduced and other portfolios were reconfigured: Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth; Health and Consumer Policy; Industry and Entrepreneurship; Research and Innovation; International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.
The new College will have 27 members, including President Barroso, one from each Member State. Candidate to replace Health and Consumer Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou is John Dalli (picture left), currently Maltese minister for social policy, which includes health, employment and industrial relations. His previous posts include Parliamentary Secretary for Industry, Minister for Economic Affairs, Finance Minister and Foreign Minister. An accountant by profession, he is a senior member of the ruling Nationalist Party. Dacian Ciolos (Romania) is nominated to replace Mariann Fisher Boel, currently Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. For more information on the complete Commission proposal for 2009-2014: Link
Each "commissioner designate" now faces a question and answer session with MEPs, hearings will take place from 11 to 19 January. The final parliamentary vote is expected on 26 January. It is only with the approval of the European Parliament that the Commission can take office.