Rehn Named as EU's Economic Commissioner

Finland’s Olli Rehn, the outgoing European Commissioner for Enlargement, was named as the next Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs on Friday afternoon. He will replace Spain’s Joaquín Almunia in the prestigious post.

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Olli Rehn
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Almunia will now be in charge of competition issues and become a vice-president of the 27-strong team.

Belgium’s Karel de Gucht, the outgoing Development Cooperation Commissioner, is to be the next Trade Commissioner, with Germany’s Günther Oettinger taking over as Energy Commissioner.

France's Michel Barnier was named internal market commissioner, with responsibility for financial services.

Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso submitted his list of 13 proposed commissioners to the European Parliament on Friday afternoon. He said his new team's main task would be to seek economic growth following the global credit crisis.

If approved by the European Parliament, the new Commission takes office in February.

Lähteet: YLE, Reuters, AFP