"That's the question. It Sounds like an important position. But what exactly is the role of a Commissioner? And who appoints them and how? A picture is worth 1000 words!"
Here is a very handy guide, courtesy of the European Parliament, on how it chooses its College of Commissioners.
On Monday 29th September, the European Parliament will conduct a hearing for Neven Mimica to become the EU's Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. According to the Mission Letter sent by Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the European Commission, some of the priorities for Mimica should be:
- Preparing the Commission and EU positions for the negotiations on the post-2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goal agenda.
- Preparing and launching negotiations for a revised Cotonou agreement.
- Working closely with the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President, the Commissioner for Trade and the Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs to strengthen the EU’s strategic partnership with Africa.
Watch the Q&A at the hearing here
Video and Photo Courtesy of the European Parliament
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