Netherlands chooses Neelie Kroes as EU commissioner

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The Netherlands has picked Kroes as its candidate to serve in the next European Commission.

The Hague – The Netherlands has picked outgoing EU competition commissioner Neelie Kroes as its choice to serve in the next European Commission, the Dutch government said Tuesday.

"The government is putting forward Mrs Kroes as our candidate," the government said in a statement.

"Prime Minister (Jan Peter) Balkenende told Commission president (Jose Manuel) Barroso this afternoon," the statement added.

Dutch media reports say Kroes, 68, could be given either the external trade or the telecoms portfolio and could also be named Commission vice-president.

Kroes became EU competition commissioner in 2004. She held ministerial positions in the Dutch government from 1977 to 1989 before serving as an adviser to the EU transport commissioner until 1991, according to her page on the Commission website.

Each of the 27 EU member states picks a candidate to join the EU's executive arm on a five-year term.

All 27 commissioners then must be approved by the European Parliament before they can take up their posts.

AFP / Expatica

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