EU AFFAIRS: Neven Mimica Named Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development
European Commission President-designate, Jean-Claude Juncker, announced on 10 September the distribution of the European Commission (EC) portfolios among the members of his team. The announcement came as a result of months of negotiations between Juncker and EU member states. If confirmed by the European Parliament (EP) in October, the new EC will take office on 1 November 2014.
As opposed to the incumbent Commission, the new EC will have a two-layer structure. The lower layer will consist of 20 commissioners, who will each have their own portfolio, as it is now. The upper layer will comprise seven vice-presidents who will not have their own direct portfolios. Instead, they will serve as gatekeepers of what other commissioners can place on the EC agenda. This will allow for the vice-presidents to steer and coordinate work across the Commission in the key areas of the Political Guidelines, with several Commissioners working closely together as a team. In addition, Juncker appointed Dutch FM Frans Timmerman as the EC First Vice-President. His role will be to streamline the work of the Commission as a whole.
Despite recent media speculation that he would receive either the Regional Development or Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios, the Croatian Commissioner-designate Neven Mimica (SDP) was given the portfolio of International Cooperation and Development…