EU executive team named

The EU executive’s president-elect says his commission will work to boost prosperity, solidarity and security in the 25-nation bloc while making it clear to sometimes sceptical citizens exactly what the EU does.

“I want to put the European Commission in the driving seat of Europe,” he said.

“People need to know what the EU does and why the EU is doing it.”

Mr Barroso named Neelie Kroes of the Netherlands as the EU’s next competition commissioner, the first woman to hold the post that decides whether multibillion-euro mergers can go ahead.

He split the most keenly-watched portfolios of competition, trade, economic and monetary affairs and the internal market between big and small states, resisting pressure from Europe’s main players to give them key responsibility.

Ireland’s Charlie McCreevy was given the internal market portfolio, while Spain’s Joaquin Almunia will be in charge of economic and monetary affairs, keeping his current position.

Britain’s Peter Mandelson won the coveted trade post, Germany’s Guenter Verheugen became the bloc’s industry chief and France’s Jacques Barrot took on transport.

Mr Barroso said he would chair a group of commissioners who would work to give Europe’s economy a lift.

“We need to reinvigorate the Lisbon Strategy, which aims to make Europe the world’s most competitive economy,” he said.

He carved up some portfolios, separating transport from energy and dividing agriculture and fisheries in order to give each member of the 25-strong team a single portfolio.

Speculation has been rife for weeks about the format of the new Commission, due to take office on November 1 for a five-year term.

The group will meet for the first time on August 20 and must be approved by the European Parliament before entering office.

The new commissioners include three former prime ministers, five former foreign ministers and three former finance ministers.

More women were nominated by their governments than ever before: one-third of the new executive will be female.

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