A new two-tier structure and a strong Northern European liberal economic flavour

Martin Selmayr, European Commission (EC) President-elect Jean Claude Juncker’s “transition chief”, promised “surprises” ahead of the announcement last week of who would get which of the 26 Commission portfolios. Indeed, Mr Juncker seems, in the two and a half months since his nomination, to have confounded many of the critics who labelled him as the embodiment of the “old Europe” that European voters had so emphatically rejected at the European elections in May.

Mr Juncker’s political programme, put to the European Parliament in July, and his far-reaching restructuring of both the College of Commissioners and its administration – “Directorates General” (DGs) – suggest a close alignment between the two: he has appointed seven Vice-Presidents to lead “Project Teams” that reflect the strategic political priorities he laid out in his July programme. The remaining twenty Commissioners fit within these projects teams, in some instances in several of them simultaneously.

It is certainly bold, but will it work?

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The New European Commission

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Richard Bullard

Richard Bullard, executive director, is APCO Worldwide's global mergers, antitrust & competition practice lead based in Brussels. Read More