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Kroes Nomination Not A Surprise [Updated]

by Oui Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 11:34:08 AM EST

Balkenende, a Christian Democrat, investing in a future coalition partner the liberal VVD party?

Netherlands Nominates Kroes for EU Commission

(NRC) - The Dutch government has named outgoing competition commissioner Neelie Kroes for the new EU Commission. Kroes will probably get another economic portfolio. [EU development new media Internet and telecommunication. - Oui]

The government information service RVD announced the Dutch government is nominating Neelie Kroes for the new EU Commission. Kroes was among the favorites, but other names had been making the rounds too, like that of former deputy economy minster Yvonne van Rooy, a Christian Democrat.

Kroes is held in high regard in Brussels for her work as competition commissioner in the outgoing Commission. She would have liked to continue in that capacity, but it is known that Commission president José Manuel Barroso is not in favour of commissioners succeeding themselves.

Last week Kroes said she would also consider another high-profile economic portfolio. Exactly which portfolio she will get is not known yet, but it will probably be an economic one. Kroes is also set to become vice-president of the Commission.

Kroes (68) belongs to the right-wing liberal party VVD, which is currently in the opposition. Two weeks ago she complained that "party politics" were standing in the way of her being nominated for a second term as commissioner.

The Netherlands was among the last countries to put forward a name for the EU Commission. Earlier on Tuesday the Dutch government said it would not do so until Barroso guaranteed the Dutch commissioner would get an important economic portfolio. The Netherlands feels entitled to a high-profile portfolio after prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende was passed over for EU president.

[Update 2009-11-24 14:09 PM PST by Oui]

Modernising ICT and Telecommunication


EU's Barroso hopes for new Commission by end-January

Some Commission portfolios, particularly competition, internal markets, monetary affairs and trade, have broad powers and are highly sought after by member states.

France is angling to take on the internal markets portfolio in the next Commission, which could give it a say in regulating financial services. Germany is interested in the industry, trade or competition portfolios, diplomats says.


Outgoing Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, from the Netherlands, developed a reputation as a tough enforcer of rules on state aid and as a champion of consumer rights.

Kroes has been put forward again by the Netherlands to serve in the next Commission, although it is unlikely that she will get the competition portfolio again.

"I've heard that Barroso has decided no one will continue in their current position and that people will rotate," Dutch Finance Minister Wouter Bos (Labor Party PvdA) told Dutch TV.

New portfolio Modernising ICT and Telecommunication (pdf)

EU Commissioner responsible for Information Society and Media

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

Shows how useless the PvdA is for not getting the post. They should've sent Bos to Brussels, would've solved a lot of their problems. Now we get 15 years of VVD after about 30 years of CDA Commissioners.

I'd hope Kroes goes to trade (Ferrero-Waldner will be there as a placeholder at first, the Austrians are still sending Molterer AFAIK). That would allow Alexander Italianer to become Director General at Competition.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 12:19:57 PM EST
Ah, no, they're sending Johannes Hahn (the Austrians). Kroes should have decent cards, though.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 12:31:29 PM EST
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Johannes Hahn

An empty suit. I guess they got rid of a problem, too...

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Nov 25th, 2009 at 06:23:15 AM EST
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The problem was in the coalition itself, in that Faymann wanted to keep Ferrero-Waldner but the ÖVP (from which she comes) somehow had the right to nominate and wanted to send Molterer. They somehow ended up cancelling each other out. So then they sent Hahn.

I see Hahn wanted to exit CERN in his term in Austria and that his PhD Thesis in philosophy has been criticised for plagiarism. If anything that should disqualify him from Science and Research.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Wed Nov 25th, 2009 at 07:02:48 AM EST
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Kroes has been pretty tough at Competition. What's better about Italianer?
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 12:35:48 PM EST
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Doubtlessly Kroes has been good at Competition, but another person might also have been good. Mario Monti was good, before her. It's a well-functioning Directorate General. Even Oettinger might do well, though I don't yet know whether he'll get it or if he'll inherit Verheugen's post.

The rest is arguing in the Dutch interest. Director Generals are important, nearly or just as important as Commissioners. Better to have Kroes move to another big portfolio, because then we'd have more.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 01:28:52 PM EST
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EU commissioners fulfill a single term on a post and move over to a new portfolio, that's why Kroes will not continue as Competition Commissioner, a job she performed extremely well. The new post for Neelie Kroes will involve a New Europe with development of the Internet, telecommunication and new media.

Dutch media reports say Kroes, 68, could be given either the external trade or the telecoms portfolio and could also be named Commission vice-president.

"But I will not let myself be reduced to silence."

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 12:42:43 PM EST
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I'd hope it's Trade.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 01:40:01 PM EST
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Malmström. I hope she gets justice.

Today the Swedish government nominated Sweden's candidate for the new European Commission. The Swedish candidate is Minister for EU Affairs Cecilia Malmström.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 01:42:35 PM EST
Malmström was easy to expect because ALDE would get a few people, Barroso wanted women, and Malmström will be pretty much out of a substantial job as 'Europe Minister' after the Swedish Presidency ends.
by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Tue Nov 24th, 2009 at 01:44:44 PM EST
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