Seminar to focus on roles and duties
Members of the European Commission expected to take office next year are meeting in Brussels on 21 December for a seminar on how the Commission works and on their duties as commissioners. It will focus on team-building, collegiality and Commission working methods, and transparency.
The seminar, the second since the 26 commissioners-designate and President José Manuel Barroso first met on 8 December, will begin with a session with the secretariat-general and the legal service of the Commission, focusing on working methods. It will feature a working lunch and finish with a cocktail event and a photo opportunity.
The seminar comes as commissioners are preparing for their hearings before MEPs, which will take place between 11 and 19 January.
Commissioners-designate have received questionnaires from their relevant committees and are expected to send their written responses today (17 December) or tomorrow.
Nearly all 26 commissioners have chosen heads of their private offices and are well-advanced in appointing deputy heads of office.
Joaquín Almunia, the commissioner-designate for competition policy, has chosen Carlos Martínez-Mongay as his head of private office. Martínez-Mongay was formerly a director in the directorate-general for economic and monetary affairs. He is an expert on tax policy. Andris Piebalgs, commissioner-designate for development policy, has chosen Chris Jones, who used to work in his cabinet, as his head of private office.
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