Kroes gets competition post in new EC
12 August 2004, AMSTERDAM — Former Dutch minister Neelie Kroes has been given a key economic post in the European Commission. Subject to EU parliamentary approval, she will take up the competition portfolio on 1 November and become the first woman to hold the top job.
12 August 2004
AMSTERDAM — Former Dutch minister Neelie Kroes has been given a key economic post in the European Commission. Subject to EU parliamentary approval, she will take up the competition portfolio on 1 November and become the first woman to hold the top job.
Incoming European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso named the line-up of his commission on Thursday. There were 24 portfolios to be assigned.
The Netherlands will be pleased that Kroes is to go to the competition department.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's government — which took over the six-month rotating EU Presidency in July — had campaigned hard to win one of the four key economic portfolios, namely internal markets, competition, trade and monetary affairs.
The current internal markets, taxation and customs union EC commissioner, Dutchman Frits Bolkestein, indicated earlier this year that he did not wish to be reappointed.
Internal markets went to Ireland's former finance minister Charlie McCreevy and Latvia's Ingrida Udre gets responsibility for taxation and customs union.
Britain's comeback kid Peter Mandelson — who had to resign twice from a British Cabinet post — got the highly-sought trade brief.
Spain's Joaquin Almunia was named to economic and monetary affairs and Poland's Danuta Huebner got regional affairs.
Kroes, 63, was Transport Minister in the Cabinets of former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers from 1982 to 1989 and supervised the privatisation of the state post and telegraphs firm PTT.
She is a member on the board of commissioners of various companies and organisations. Newspaper NRC Handelsblad recently labelled her as the most powerful woman in the Netherlands. She was appointed as an advisor to the formation of the present Dutch coalition government Cabinet last year.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news + EC portfolios