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A new Barroso?

José Manuel Barroso was yesterday given a second term as Commission president by the European Parliament, which voted 382 for, 210 against with 117 abstentions. This was an unexpectedly large majority – in fact the absolute majority which the Lisbon Treaty would have required. Barroso rightly claimed “reinforced authority” after this decisive victory, but what… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Commission Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen considers that late payments by public authorities are “intolerable” and lead to SMEs going bankrupt. How right he is. However, the Commission is one of the worst offenders, with its cumbersome and arcane rules. The European Ombudsman has opened a new investigation into the timeliness of payments by the Commission.… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick

Quality Commission needed

The current college has proven disappointing. It has not been helped by a President who has been so concerned about his personal image and reappointment. Echoes of some Member States ideas for their next Commissioner are worrying. The current treaties lay down the following procedure: Member States propose their Commissioners. The Council, by qualified majority… » read more

Posted by Stanley Crossick