Written responses from the nominated commissioners seek to pre-empt concerns that will be raised by MEPs during confirmation hearings starting today.
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India’s (relatively) low-cost mission to Mars has been a soaring success, with its probe fully entering the red planet’s orbit on Wednesday (24 September). The Mars Orbiter Mission was achieved on a budget of €58 million, which seems good value compared to the EU’s Galileo network, which has a total budget of €5.6 billion. In August, two satellites that were launched as part of Galileo ended up in the wrong orbit.
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SPANISH TRAVELLERS WITH HEAVY LUGGAGE
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Profile of Poland's new prime minister.
Ewa Kopacz, who was sworn in as Poland’s new prime minister on 22 September, said of the challenge ahead of her: “Houses where women are in charge do well.” The 57-year old doctor, previously speaker of the Sejm, Poland’s parliament, is her country’s second female prime minister, after Hanna Suchocka in 1992-93. The foundations of the house she inherits from Donald Tusk, who takes over as president of the European Council on 1 December, are shaky. The ruling Civic Platform remains vulnerable to predators both inside and outside the party.
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General Petr Pavel, the chief of the Czech Republic’s general staff, was named on Saturday (20 September) as the new chairman of NATO’s Military Committee, the alliance’s …
On Wednesday (10 September), Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled the most significant shake-up of the European Commission's organisational structure in years. Here is European Voice's take on the new Commission college.
- A brave (though flawed) attempt at a shake-up
- Juncker deals out the pack
- Juncker’s careful balancing act
Juncker has made a serious attempt at reform, but has taken several gambles.
Timmermans given significant powers as Juncker's right-hand man and changes made to Commission departments.
Juncker had to take many issues into consideration when assigning the Commission portfolios.
- Juncker's portfolio assignments: the reaction
- MEPs threaten to get tough
- Juncker seeks greater control over foreign policy
- Juncker's health plans drive a wedge between partners
- Juncker's plan would 'shut down environmental policy', campaigners warn
- National media reaction to Juncker's allocation of portfolios
- Juncker's team
Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his portfolio assignments today and announced a restructuring of the commission into teams. European Voice has been collecting the reactions.
Judging by early reactions there are some commissioner nominees who may face strong resistance in the Parliament.
The high representative will move to the European Commission headquarters and half of her cabinet must be made up of Commission staff.
Commission reorganisation announcement prompts health NGO to pull out of plans to create a health intergroup in the European Parliament
Business groups have welcomed Juncker's new 'streamlined' Commission structure, but green campaigners have decried the loss of dedicated environment and climate commissioners.
While the division of some of the posts came as a surprise, the reaction from media in the member states has been largely positive.
Nominees for the European Commission 2014-19 and their assigned portfolios.
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8 October 2014 - 8:30am
Securing Europe's Energy future
With: Dr Leonhard Birnbaum, Rune Bjornson, Jean-François Cirelli, Helle Kristoffersen, Oystein Loseth, Patrick Thomas, David Walker, Pierre Bornard, Luca Bettonte, Dr Andrew Garrad,
The 1st Europe-Iran forum
15-16 October 2014
Grosvenor Square Hotel, London, UK
With: Georges Malbrunot, Hubert Vedrine, Pat Thaker, Marie-Claire Aoun, Nadereh Chamlou, Sifiso Dabengwa, Amir Handjani, Ramin Hariri, Bernard Hourcade, Laurent Lavigne du Cadet, Pari Namazie, Ramin Rabii, Hadi Salehi Esfahani, Dorothee Schmid, Thomas Schulz, Shahriar Besharat, Majid Zamani