Commission portfolios redrawn for next term

first_imgIn announcing the line-up of his Commission, José Manuel Barroso has redrawn the division of responsibilities between commissioners and made changes to the structure of some Commission departments.  Home affairs and security will be split off from justice and citizenship, with which it is currently united in one department with one commissioner. The portfolio of the commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, has been split. Andris Piebalgs will take charge of development and will represent the Commission at meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council. Rumiana Jeleva will be responsible for international co-operation, humanitarian aid and crisis response. Responsibility for audit and combating fraud is to be separated off from administration – the Commission’s personnel, building and security issues. Maroš Šefc?ovic?, who takes on the administration job, will also be in charge of relations with the other EU institutions and will represent the Commission at meetings of the General Affairs Council. Reunited Consumer affairs, the portfolio currently held by Bulgaria’s Meglena Kuneva, will be combined with health. The two were split into separate portfolios in 2007. Similarly, multilingualism is reunited with education and culture. As previously trailed, the current directorate-general for transport and energy will be split into two parts. The commissioners and directorates-general for transport and energy will lose responsibility for state-aid decisions in their fields, which will move to the commissioner and directorate-general for competition. There will be a new directorate-general for climate action created by taking directorate C from the directorate-general for environment. Responsibility for clean air, currently part of directorate C, will remain in DG Environment. The civil protection units in the environment directorate-general will move to the directorate-general for humanitarian aid. Responsibility for pharmaceuticals moves from the Commission’s enterprise department to the revamped health and consumers department (DG Sanco) – a move that will please public-health campaigners, who have been lobbying hard for this change. DG Sanco will also take on responsibilities for biotechnology and pesticides from the environment department, but will lose consumer contract and marketing law to the new DG Justice.last_img read more

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Barrus handles wind shipment

first_imgThe components were manufactured by LM Wind Power in Bangalore, India. In total, 252 wind turbine blades were required the project, which is being developed by NovaWind.The units were moved from the port of Novorossiysk to a storage site in Nevinnomyssk – a distance of 500 km. barrusprojectlogistics.comlast_img

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Sports Shorts

first_imgA free softball clinic for members of the Hazlet Hawks softball organization will be held at noon on April 11, on the varsity softball field at Raritan High School, 419 Middle Road, Hazlet. The clinic will be run by Raritan’s head softball coach Aado Kommendant and the members of the Raritan Rockets varsity softball team. For additional information, contact Aado Kommendant at [email protected] A First Pitch Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Middletown Lion Hall of Fame, will be held 8 a.m. to noon on April 5 at the VFW catering hall on Route 36 in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown. The event has been organized to provide support for the baseball and softball teams at Middletown High School North. All Lion players — past and present — will be recognized. Tickets are $10 each for adults, $6 for children between 5-8, and children ages 4 and under are free. For tickets or more information, call 732-747-9588 or email [email protected] aol.com.last_img read more

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