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Name Your 'Portfolio'! w/e 4 Oct 2019

Commissioner hearings: Sefcovic/Hogan/Gabriel
Sefcovic: Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
Hogan: Trade
Gabriel: Innovation and Youth
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Schmit/Wojciechowski
Schmit: Jobs
Wojciechowski: Agriculture
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Urpilainen/Johansson/Kyriakides
Urpilainen: International Partnerships
Johansson: Home Affairs
Kyriakides: Health

archived
Romanian, Hungarian Commissioner nominees rejected
The new cabinet in figures

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 08:44:58 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Goulard/Lenarcic
Goulard: Internal Market
Lenarcic: Crisis Management
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Reynders/Dalli/Ferreira
Reynders: Justice
Dalli: Equality
Ferreira: Cohesion and Reforms
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Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 2nd, 2019 at 06:24:10 PM EST
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Goulard (Round 2): Thursday at 9:30 a.m., following a meeting with representatives of political groups on Wednesday morning

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:12:10 PM EST
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Woo-hoo!

Sounds like the fundamental problem was not so much the run-of-the-mill using of EU staff for domestic politics, as accepting 10k a month as a lobbyist while she was an MEP...

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 12:59:16 PM EST
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Politico

The vote went 82 to 29 against her...

The left and greens voted her down because of her integrity issues.
The PPE, not known for such qualms, took revenge on Macron for the presidency of parliament...

Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Now he's got to find her another job. And find a squeaky-clean commissioner.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 01:04:37 PM EST
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EPP's revenge on Macron. And they were not even subtle about it.

Euractiv

The conservatives showed the most animosity, even aggressiveness towards the French candidate, even though on substance, the group was very close to the candidate.

The EPP tweeted, and then deleted, a message that was supposed to be kept internal, which read "Guys, we are going to kill her in the vote later but do not say until then". The communication blunder demonstrates Goulard's uphill-battle with the EPP group.

by Bernard on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 06:17:46 PM EST
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Finger-pointing and charges of betrayal follow Goulard's defeat - Politico.eu
Commission officials said it was impossible to know how long it would take to name and approve replacements for Goulard, and for the Romanian and Hungarian nominees, who were also rejected.

Officials now predict that von der Leyen and her Commission will take office during the first week of December, at the earliest.

Some smart ass even coined the term: von derlayed.

by Bernard on Fri Oct 11th, 2019 at 08:46:24 PM EST
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Moonlighting in a $10k a month job at ...
Berggruen ... a Senate should be appointed, not elected.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:32:51 PM EST
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Macron proposes replacement Commissioner candidate
"'What matters to me is the portfolio! I fought for it,' the head of state said"

Breton: Internal Market

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 04:54:36 PM EST
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Statement by the European Commission following President Jean-Claude Juncker's phone call with Prime Minister Boris Johnson, 1 Oct
(NOT A COMPLETE AND UNREDACTED TRANSCRIPTION OF DIALOGUE AS CALLED FOR BY NATIONAL SECURITY INTEREST IN US EXECUTIVE BUSINESS WITH HEADS OF STATE)

TEXT-UK PM Johnson's letter to EU's Juncker on new Brexit plan, HTML text "compiled" (abridged) by REUTERS, 2 Oct

B. Johnson letter to J-C. Juncker, 2 Oct (SCRIBD facsimile, 4 pp) in , Guardian,"Juncker voices fears for Northern Irish peace over Stormont veto plan"

Transmittal date of UK draft "legal text" unavailable.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 01:24:19 AM EST
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by Bernard on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 06:40:37 PM EST
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20 Visions for Europe: 'Eternal Brexit'

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 04:58:41 PM EST
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Brexit extension means UK must propose new EU Commissioner, von der Leyen says
"a new Commissioner would be a further embarrassment" like the 72 MEPs killing time

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 24th, 2019 at 04:57:50 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.
Commissioner hearings LIVE: Gentiloni/Sinkevicius/Schinas
Gentiloni: Economy
Sinkevicius: Environment
Schinas: Protecting European way of life

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:00:56 PM EST
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Gentiloni wins broad approval with 'ambitious' EU economic and social agenda
EP Economic and Monetary Affairs, Employment and Budgetary Affairs committees
"One of his first tasks will be to validate the Italian budget for 2020. The draft plan submitted by Rome slightly surpassed the 2% of GDP deficit target, agreed with Brussels to reduce Italy's massive public debt (132% of GDP)", issues discussed during the hearing

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 09:29:39 PM EST
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MEPs approve Schinas despite 'protecting European way of life' controversy
"over [the] portfolio name that critics said plays into the hands of far-right extremists because the job includes management of migration and asylum policy"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 01:27:50 AM EST
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eudebates | LIVE Hearings: Virginijus Sinkevicius Commissioner - Environment and Oceans, 3 Oct
EP Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI)committees, "WhoIs" Virginijus Sinkevicius?
euparl.europa.eu |Hearing of Commissioner-designate Virginijus Sinkevičius
instroductory speech, video recording of the full hearing, vdL mission letter?
euparl.europa.eu | Hearing of Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS, Commissioner-designate, Environment and Oceans, 24 Sep, A/V
After the hearing by the Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) of the European Parliament, the committees prepare an evaluation letter on the candidate. Parliament is expected to vote on the new Commission as a whole on 23 October.
#EUFORM democracy?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 08:42:29 PM EST
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Branded as a young talent.

First 'millennial' Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z

But Von der Leyen also made clear who the real boss in determining the EU climate and environmental political strategy will be, writing in Sinkevičius' mission letter that he is supposed to work under the guidance of the Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

The mission letter also says that his task will be to ensure that Europe's environment, blue economy and fisheries sector form an integral part of the European Green Deal, which will be Timmermans' main job.

by das monde on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 11:27:41 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio' cont'd.

Commissioner hearings LIVE: Hahn / Šuica
Hahn: Budget and Administration
Šuica: Democracy and Demography

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 08:04:51 PM EST
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Simson: Energy

'Acceptable': EU's new energy czar wins guarded backing from Parliament
"During her three-hour grilling yesterday, the former Estonian energy minister repeatedly underlined her commitment to climate goals as she was pressed by EU lawmakers over her country's reluctance to back the bloc's ambitions for zero emissions by 2050. ...During the hearing, Simson said she would support 'diversifying' gas supply routes, and backed investments in new pipelines and LNG terminals."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Oct 5th, 2019 at 09:37:55 PM EST
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Belgium joins INSTEX, 18 Sep
"Meanwhile, the Belgian bill could join INSTEX's shareholders."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 01:24:12 AM EST
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Six European countries join EU-Iran financial trading mechanism INSTEX, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)
Finland, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden will join the INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran, the six countries declared in a joint statement on Friday (29 November) ahead of further talks between parties to the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna next week.
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They also urged Iran to return without delay to full compliance with the terms and provisions of the nuclear agreement.
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The Commission on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal is set to meet for talks in Vienna next week.
Iran's 'Only Crime Is We Decided Not to Fold', OpEd
Zarif's intervention was extremely forceful. He stressed how Iran "complied with every agreement and it got nothing;" how "our people believe we have not gained from being part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action; how inflation is out of control; how the value of the rial dropped 70 percent "because of 'coercive measures' - not sanctions because they are illegal."
Interview With Hadi Nili of BBC Persian, Nov 2018
SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, we're going to work to do two things: that things that are sanctioned don't happen, and things that are permitted to happen are permissible, and can in fact happen.

Well, remember, just so you remember, the leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat. They have to make a decision that they want to use their wealth to import medicine, and not use their wealth to fund Qasem Soleimani's travels around the Middle East with - causing death and destruction. That's the Iranian Government's choice on how to use Iranian wealth.

free Great Britain

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 29th, 2019 at 07:18:02 PM EST
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Iran says hundreds of banks were torched in 'vast' unrest plot
Iran has rejected Amnesty's death toll. It says several people, including members of the security forces, were killed and more than 1,000 people arrested. The Center for Human Rights in Iran, a New York-based advocacy group, said the number of arrests was probably closer to 4,000.

The protests took place as new U.S. sanctions imposed this year cut off nearly all of Iran's oil exports, and as similar protest movements erupted in Iraq and Lebanon against governments that include heavily armed pro-Iran factions.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Nov 30th, 2019 at 07:37:06 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! resumes w/e 11 Oct
Jourová: Values and Transparency
Borrell: High-Representative (foreign policy)
Wojciechowski (Round 2): Agriculture

DW lobbies hard for Borrell

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 11:51:33 PM EST
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Not getting lost in translation, Wojciechowski wins nod from MEPs
"'Last time, I received a very clear signal from you: you don't want a Commissioner only open to dialogue but you expect concrete actions,' Wojciechowski said today."
Politico.eu | acceptable
"a European Parliament official said 'quite a lot' of the political groups had expressed 'big reservations' about him during a closed door meeting after the hearing"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:34:41 AM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 11 Oct
Verstager: Europe fit for the Digital Age
Verstager's written responses to MEP questions and VdL's mission letter

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:39:21 AM EST
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Vestager wins Parliament support after smooth-sailing hearing
"the poisoned chalice of digital taxation", "MEP Christel Schaldemose disclosed that 'All the groups except Identity and Democracy supported her,' in talks, but an official confirmation letter is still to be sent."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:08:49 PM EST
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Identity and Democracy group?

hooked up by EP to ...Facebook page? G.T.F.O.

Identity and Democracy Party, in the wild

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 01:37:44 PM EST
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comedy gold: 'Channel of dirt', Jourová describes her Facebook experience

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 04:58:13 PM EST
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GDPR writing on the wall

Facebook launches a ["]news section["] - and will pay publishers
but of course charity begins at homeland security under a compound assumed names ("alias")-- "News Tab".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Oct 25th, 2019 at 05:57:38 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 11 Oct

"The Dutchman": European Green Deal
Timmermans gets broad support at Parliament hearing: the main points
"passed his European Parliament hearing with flying colours on Tuesday evening (9 October) and was confirmed the following day as Ursula von der Leyen's climate paladin"; mission letter.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:16:24 PM EST
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EC governance

Timmermans takes over from Juncker
"The Dutchman is on track to lead the Commission for about two weeks, while Juncker recovers from surgery on an aortic aneurysm in his abdomen."

reference
PROCÉDURE ORALE | DECISION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 06:53:12 PM EST
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euobserver | Borrell hard on Russia in EU hearing, 6 Oct
Borrell's "eastern" priorities included a tough line on Russia, which has tried to harm EU ties with Balkan capitals. And the best way to counter Russian "expansionism" in Europe was to help Ukraine, which Russia invaded five years ago, he said.

"Ukraine remains central to the strategic challenge that Russia poses," he said. "Until such time as Russia changes its attitude on Crimea and territorial violations, those sanctions must remain," he added.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 05:27:31 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! resumes w/e 11 Oct

eureporter | Hearing of Vice President-designate Věra #Jourová, 8 Oct
The Constitutional Affairs and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committees, her introductory speech, video recording of the full hearing

On democracy, Jourová spoke of her support for enhancing European electoral processes, for example by revisiting the Spitzenkandidaten process and transnational lists. Additional issues of concern discussed relate to "cash for passports" schemes, online disinformation and freedom of speech, and EU legislative transparency issues.
o, my.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 08:06:52 PM EST
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[More than €4] Billions of euros of EU funds misspent last year
The European Court of Auditors (ECA), which is responsible for assessing the annual 155-billion-euro EU budget, estimated that an average of 2.6% of last year's EU expenses were irregular, up from 2.4% the previous year
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Irregular payments are usually the result of mistakes or the wrong application of EU rules but in the worst cases they can hide full-fledged fraud. Only for a handful of payments did the court raise concerns to investigative authorities, the report said. Last year, the EU anti-fraud office OLAF recommended the recovery of 371 million euros of EU funds because of criminal abuses.

The irregularities detected are likely to represent a fraction of all errors in EU spending because of the limited resources available to auditors to conduct checks.

ECA | governance, collegiate body of 28 Members, appointed by the Council with advice of EP for renewable terms of six years
Members, Committees

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 12:58:22 AM EST
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Commissioner delays, offset options & Jumbo japes
The EU's next transport Commissioner is still a mystery. Ursula von der Leyen has not confirmed candidates proposed by either Hungary or Romania and the toppling of the government in Bucharest has made matters even more complex.

Current MEP Siegfried Mureșan [?] has been touted as a possible EPP-backed option but more details are expected either today or Wednesday. The transport gig is not guaranteed to go to Romania, as von der Leyen might have to reshuffle portfolios.

COMISH dings
Trocsanyi: Enlargement
Plumb: Transport

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:44:19 PM EST
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Name Your 'Portfolio'! cont'd. w/e 9 Nov
Valean: Transport

Romanian MEP Adina Valean, accepted as European Commissioner for transport, 6 Nov
"Romania has today nominated two candidates for the position of Commissioner. Both candidates held interviews with the president-elect and performed well."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Nov 8th, 2019 at 06:47:48 PM EST
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