New European Commission: “But who is in charge now?”

The new European Commission took office last 10 February 2010, following the positive vote in the European Parliament on 9 February. The confidence vote was held in Strasbourg after a three month delay and a prolonged period of disagreement between the EU's two main institutions and after politician’s hearings.

Except Bulgaria's nominee- Mrs. Jeleva, all Commissioners designated seemed having passed their hearing without obstacles. EDF monitored designated commissioners interviewed and two EDF homemade reports are available on demand: Androulla Vassiliou for culture education and youth and Siim Kallas for transport.

Over the period of caretaker status of the Commission, the EU has suffered the fallout from the financial and economic crisis with no clear leadership.

Mr László Andor is the Member of the European Commission responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion. This includes EU policies in the following areas:

  • Employment
  • Social inclusion and social protection
  • Free movement of workers
  • Social security coordination
  • Labour law
  • Health and safety at work
  • Social dialogue
  • European Social Fund
  • European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
  • PROGRESS programme

Ms Viviane Reding is Vice-President of the European Commission. Her portfolio covers justice, fundamental rights and citizenship. This includes EU policies in the following areas:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Gender equality
  • Non-discrimination
  • Roma

Everything about the new Commission is on the European Commission website

Source: EDF