EU Commissioner roles leaked
The Local · 4 Sep 2014, 09:54
Published: 04 Sep 2014 09:54 GMT+02:00
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The incoming head of the EU Commission, Belgian Jean Claude Juncker, has not yet announced his selections for the important roles of commissioners - effectively the equivalent of ministers in the supra-national body - but a leaked document published by Euractiv gives some insight into his thinking.
The document which is clearly not claiming to be definitive shows some expected appointments, and a few surprises.
For example, the internal market portfolio, currently held by Michel Barnier, has disappeared. There is no commissioner for EU enlargement, a position that was expected to go to Austria's commissioner Johannes Hahn.
Hahn however is still in the mix, as he is earmarked against the important role of Commissioner for Neighbourhood - a job that will be particularly challenging, with the Ukrainian civil war currently heating up, and the developing EU sanctions against Russia as a result.
The gender mix of the commissioners is still heavily weighted towards men, with 19 men versus nine women likely to be selected. The depth of experience of the commissioners is unquestionable, given that the average age of the proposed team is 53-years-old.
Juncker's office has emphasized that interviews for commissioner roles are still ongoing, with an announcement of his final decision expected by September 10.