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March 29, 2023

Dacian Ciolos to receive portfolio of agriculture in EC, ‘Liberation’ blog reads

The candidate of Romania for the position of European commissioner, Dacian Ciolos, will receive the portfolio of agriculture, reads a project of distribution of the positions in the new European Commission, the blog of the French daily Liberation, quoted by Mediafax, informs. According to this project of distribution of the portfolios in Barroso II Commission, whose final membership will be announced next week, the Financial Services will not be managed by the commissioner designated by France, Michel Barnier. The latter will definitely hold the Internal Market and Taxation, but his portfolio will be devoid of the strategic sector of the Financial Services, which will go to the Hungarian Laszlo Andor (close to Socialists).

The Germans, who proposed Gunther Oettinger, will not be luckier either, because they lose Industry (which will be managed by the Pole Janusz Lewandowski) and will have to be happy with Energy.

The commissioners who will obtain a new mandate will hold the positions that they have requested: the Dutch Neelie Kroes will have the portfolio of Trade, the Spaniard Joaquin Almunia – Competition, the Finnish Olli Rehn – Economic and Financial Affairs, while the Latvian Andris Piebalgs – Social Affairs. The Luxembourgese Viviane Reding remains with the portfolio of Digital Economy (which will include Culture), the Italian Antonio Tajani with Transports, the Estonian Siim Kallas with Administration, and the Belgian Karel De Gucht with Development.

The new portfolios of Climate and Environment, and Human Rights will be managed by the Danish Connie Hedegaard and respectively the Swedish Cecilia Malmstrom. Justice and Internal Affairs will be assigned to the candidate of Bulgaria, Rumiana Jeleva, or to the Slovak Maros Sefcovici. The one who will not obtain it, will receive Enlargement.

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