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Oct 15, 2014
Oct 14, 2014
Oct 14, 2014

Juncker tweaks EU team, to reshuffle transport and energy posts

BRUSSELS, Oct 14 (Reuters) – The European Union’s incoming
chief executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, has proposed a minor
reshuffle of his team following the EU parliament’s rejection of
the Slovenian nominee to the European Commission.

In a statement on Tuesday after meeting Slovenia’s
substitute candidate, Violeta Bulc, Juncker said he had proposed
to the Council of EU government leaders a new list of
commissioners. In it, Bulc replaced former Slovenian premier
Alenka Bratusek, whom lawmakers had refused to accept.

Oct 12, 2014
Oct 12, 2014

In Brussels, reasons to be cheerful

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union’s chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month.

The president-elect of the European Commission was pleased, aides said, to see all but one of his 27 picks win approval in the European Parliament, leaving only the slightly awkward task of finding a role for the Slovenian substitute who arrives this week after lawmakers rejected the first nominee from Ljubljana.

Oct 10, 2014
Oct 10, 2014

Slovenia names new EU nominee as Juncker tries to complete team

LJUBLJANA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Slovenian government named on Friday an entrepreneur and newly appointed minister, Violeta Bulc, as its candidate for a post in the new European Commission after its original nominee was rejected by the European Parliament.

The announcement gives Jean-Claude Juncker, President-elect of the incoming Commission, a chance to complete his team before a confirmation vote in the legislature scheduled for Oct. 22.

Oct 9, 2014

EU nominee bows to lawmakers’ snub as Juncker team near complete

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The incoming head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, was in urgent talks with Slovenia’s prime minister on Thursday to find a replacement for the Slovenian who quit his team after a humiliating rejection by the European Parliament.

Party political wrangling, in both Ljubljana and Brussels, was holding up a new nomination from Slovenia for its seat on the 28-member European Commission after Alenka Bratusek withdrew as vice president-designate for energy.

Oct 9, 2014
Oct 9, 2014

EU’s Juncker wrestles with Slovenian hitch to team’s approval

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The incoming head of the EU executive was in intensive talks with the European Parliament and the government of Slovenia on Thursday to try and unblock a final obstacle to legislative approval of his new team.

Jean-Claude Juncker welcomed a series of committee votes in parliament late on Wednesday that saw all but one of his line-up approved by a broad left-right coalition following several days of party wrangling that had threatened to disrupt the process.

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