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New Commission set tostart work on 10 FebruaryThe new European Commissionis on course to take up office on 10 February, after a delay causedby MEPs refusal to approve theappointment of Rumiana Jeleva,Bulgarias nominee for Europeancommissioner.Bulgarias replacement nomi-nee, Kristalina Georgieva, a vice-president of the World Bank, willhave a hearing before MEPs on 3February. The European Parlia-ment will then vote on JosManuel Barross second team on 9February. If the vote in Strasbourgis positive, as is now expected, thenew Commission will be sworn in-to office at the European Court ofJustice the following day.This timetable was to be con-firmed by the Parliaments politi-cal group leaders who are meet-ing this morning (21 January).Jerzy Buzek, the president ofthe Parliament, had last night (20January) received all but four ofthe evaluation letters from thevarious Parliament committees.His spokeswoman said: The
content is positive for all of them.As European Voice went topress, Manfred Weber, the centre-right co-ordinator on thecivil liberties committee washolding out on approval for Cecilia Malmstrm as home af-fairs commissioner.The other three evaluationsoutstanding were of Neelie Kroes,Olli Rehn and Algirdas emeta,whose performances were allconsidered unsatisfactory in var-ious respects. But the MEPs arenot expected to reject Barroso IIover any of these three.The Parliament had beenscheduled to vote on the BarrosoII team on 26 January, whichwould have allowed the Commis-sion to take up office on 1 Febru-ary. But on Tuesday, Jeleva re-signed, having failed to commandthe support of the Parliaments de-velopment committee. She per-formed badly in the hearing andwas accused of being inaccurate inher declarations of financial inter-ests. An opinion from the Parlia-ments legal service had given aclean bill of health to the declara-tion she made as a commissioner-
designate, but found fault with thedeclaration she had made whenshe was an MEP in 2007-09.Joseph Daul, the leader of thecentre-right European PeoplesParty (EPP) group to which Jele-va belongs, accepted her resigna-tion only reluctantly. He said thatshe had been the victim of awitch-hunt and treated unfairlyin her hearing. But he ruled outtrying to remove a commissionerfrom the Socialists and Democ-rats or Liberal groups in revenge.Jos Manuel Barroso, the pres-ident of the Commission, will meetGeorgieva today, either in Brusselsor Strasbourg (21 January).He said that he intended to putGeorgieva forward for the sameportfolio as was earmarked forJeleva international co-opera-
tion, humanitarian aid and crisismanagement. Georgieva hasbeen working at the World Banksince 1993 and is an expert with-out political affiliations, thoughshe has been acting as an adviserto Bulgarias Prime MinisterBoyko Borisov. She has workedon humanitarian aid pro-grammes and is expected to passher hearing without difficulty.Im not planning any changesto portfolios, Barroso said.According to the revisedtimetable, the Commission presi-dent would have his new team inplace before he meets national gov-ernment leaders on 11 February,when they will hold an informalsummit in Brussels to discuss eco-nomic policy and climate change.Jeleva also resigned as Bulgar-ias foreign minister, a post shehad held since July. She has beenreplaced by Nikolay Mladenov,the defence minister.Borisov said as he announcedthe nomination of Georgieva: Iwant to make it possible for theEuropean Parliament to elect aEuropean Commission soon andlet the Commission start working.
Burning questionYes or No to a 30% carbon cut?Page 17
21 27 January 2010Volume 16 Number 3
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The EU mulls making loans to Greece as aform of self-help for the eurozone. PAGES 2 AND 20
NEWSCaptured funding A row over how to finance carbon-capturetechnology threatens to delay projects. PAGE 3
Stockholm urges EU adoption of its home-grown bank levy system, rather thana US import. PAGE 18
Fear and stereotyping Dominique Mosiexplores Europeansdefensive crouch on identity, and Kazakhstanspresidentwrites about Western stereotypes.
Europe increases aid, sends paramilitary police and counts the cost of re-building the Caribbean island. PAGE 3
BUSINESSThe Swedish model
Staying afloatPaolo De Castro maintains buoyancyPage 14
PRESIDENTIAL HOPES A moment of optimism about relaunching EU activity is shared by European Commission President Jos Manuel Barroso
(left), European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek (centre), and Spanish Prime Minister Jos Luis Rodrguez Zapatero (right), before the European
Parliament plenary debate on 20 January on the programme of the Spanish presidency of the Council of Ministers. REUTERS
POSITIVE THINKING Strasbourg spring
InsideThe fall of Rumiana Jeleva Page 4Candidates on the brink Page 4Our verdict on the latest inquisitions Pages 5-11The task ahead for Barroso II Comment, Page 15In defence of Catherine Ashton Letters Page 16
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