Arab Today, arab today eus juncker reshuffles team to beat deadline
Last Updated : GMT 00:44:54
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

EU's Juncker reshuffles team to beat deadline

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today EU's Juncker reshuffles team to beat deadline

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures
Brussels - AFP

The EU Commission's incoming chief, Jean-Claude Juncker, made a last-minute reshuffle to his team Wednesday in a bid to meet a November 1 deadline to start work on reviving the flagging eurozone economy.
Juncker tapped Slovenia's little-known deputy prime minister Violeta Bulc as transport commissioner, rushing through the appointment less than a week after the European Parliament rejected the country's previous nominee.
He also shunted Slovakia's Maros Sefcovic from the transport role to become vice president for energy union, a key job at a time of tensions with the EU's major gas supplier Russia.
The energy job was originally earmarked for Slovenia's first candidate, former premier Alenka Bratusek -- but after Bratusek was discarded on October 9, her replacement Bulc was widely regarded as too inexperienced.
Both Bulc and Sefcovic now face confirmation hearings in front of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday night in a bid to ensure the vote happens on time, parliamentary sources said.
Parliament then holds a crucial vote on whether to approve Juncker's whole team in a vote on October 22, the day before a summit of EU leaders in Brussels.
The other commissioners -- each EU member state chooses one -- all passed their hearings earlier this month.Juncker's new European Commission is due to start its five-year term at the beginning of November as the powerful executive arm of the European Union, a 28-nation bloc of 500 million people.
- 'New Age thinking' -
But the problems with Slovenia have left Juncker struggling to meet that date so he can start work on his flagship plan to draw 300 billion euros ($380 billion) of investment to drag the eurozone economy away from a possible triple-dip recession.
"I cannot say with certainly that the Juncker Commission will start work on November 1 as we speak," Juncker's spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a daily briefing.
EU sources said France and Germany had been privately pressing the European Parliament to get the Commission through on time so it could start to tackle the eurozone's woes, which are causing global concern.
The fear is that the current commission led by Portugal's Jose Manuel Barroso, who took office in 2004, will become a lame duck administration if it is forced to stay on beyond November.
Bulc, 50, faces a tough confirmation hearing, as the Slovenian has raised eyebrows in Brussels with her relative political inexperience and a fondness for New Age thinking.
Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar welcomed Juncker's decision to appoint her."She will be in charge of a very challenging and important portfolio in the European Commission, important both for the EU and for Slovenia, that represents one of Europe's main transport crossroads that in the past hasn't been adequatly used," Cerar said.
Sefcovic made it through his first hearing with few problems but has to face parliament again because he is now up for a different role.
The rest of former Luxembourg prime minister Juncker's nominess got through the confirmation hearings despite strong reservations about several candidates.
The financial services czar, Britain's Jonathan Hill, was dragged back for an unprecedented second interview by parliament but made it through, while France's former finance minister Pierre Moscovici passed despite German concerns about his record when he was in charge of France's deficit.
Spain's Miguel Arias Canete is meanwhile set to take the energy and climate role despite claims of a conflict of interest over oil shares, and a row over sexist comments that he made about an election rival.
Juncker himself was approved by parliament earlier this year. In a sign of parliament's growing assertiveness, it won the right this year to effectively nominate candidates for the commission chief itself.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today eus juncker reshuffles team to beat deadline Arab Today, arab today eus juncker reshuffles team to beat deadline

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Prepares to present her new collection

GMT 14:29 2017 Monday ,20 February

Prepares to present her new collection
Arab Today, arab today Tourism shows signs of recovery

GMT 09:59 2017 Monday ,20 February

Tourism shows signs of recovery
Arab Today, arab today Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"
Arab Today, arab today Optimism on the front line

GMT 07:24 2017 Monday ,20 February

Optimism on the front line
Arab Today, arab today Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic

GMT 22:45 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Murder of 2 reporters in Dominican Republic
View News in Arabic - Business: اقتصاد دولي
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Kidogo provides childcare for underserved

GMT 20:24 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Kidogo provides childcare for underserved
Arab Today, arab today Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed

GMT 06:50 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Tragic fluctuations of Bakhtiari's life revealed
Arab Today, arab today London to tax old cars

GMT 14:06 2017 Friday ,17 February

London to tax old cars
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today Nissan enhances sales in most markets

GMT 14:08 2017 Monday ,20 February

Nissan enhances sales in most markets
Arab Today, arab today Competes Sweden and Germans by S90

GMT 22:36 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Competes Sweden and Germans by S90
Arab Today, arab today Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival

GMT 21:11 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Egypt to hold first session of Arab film festival
Arab Today, arab today Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 20:41 2017 Wednesday ,15 February

Teach monkeys to recognize themselves in mirror

GMT 07:30 2017 Saturday ,18 February

Actress Nadeen Al Rassi views art as her entity

GMT 06:40 2017 Friday ,10 February

MP calls for removing text from Islamic story

GMT 19:10 2017 Friday ,17 February

Hats, scarves add beauty to women

GMT 10:26 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

Emergency UN meeting in Harare

GMT 23:29 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Home built on sand castles-style costs $8m

GMT 21:49 2017 Thursday ,16 February

Scientists develop new therapy

GMT 19:16 2017 Friday ,17 February

Aziz House ready to host the tourists

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 12:39 2017 Monday ,20 February

newest smartphone another winner for Huawei

GMT 13:16 2017 Tuesday ,14 February

First fashion model with Down syndrome
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday