(Corrects age of Rehn to 47 in paragraph seven)
* Barroso names executive to tackle growth, boost influence
* Finn Rehn, Spain's Almunia get top economic jobs
* New EU Commission needs European Parliament's approval
By Darren Ennis and Timothy Heritage
BRUSSELS, Nov 27 European Commission President
Jose Manuel Barroso unveiled the EU executive's new line-up on
Friday, handing Finn Olli Rehn a key role overseeing monetary
affairs as part of efforts to revive the European Union economy.
Rehn takes over from Spaniard Joaquin Almunia, who will
become competition commissioner in the 27-country bloc's
executive. France's Michel Barnier was named internal market
commissioner with responsibility for financial services.
The formation of the European Commission is the latest stage
in the EU's efforts to maintain influence on the world stage
after the economic crisis.
The 27-person team, which represents almost 500 million
people, is likely to take office early next year, and will serve
for five years but needs the European Parliament's approval.
"In five years' time, I want this Commission to have been
instrumental in leading Europe out of the economic crisis
towards a competitive economy that provides sustainable growth,"
Barroso told a news conference.
The nomination of the Commission, a powerful regulatory
body, follows the naming of a president and a new foreign policy
chief and ratification of a treaty intended to make EU
Almunia, a 61-year-old Socialist, has won a reputation for
independence and fiscal prudence as economic and monetary
affairs commissioner. Rehn, 47, has overseen the accession of
Romania and Bulgaria as EU enlargement commissioner.
"Both men are (among) Commission President Barroso's top
lieutenants and they are seen as safe pairs of hands," an EU
"In making these appointments, Barroso keeps tight control
on two top jobs and keeps Paris, Berlin and London's hands off
Europe's economy has started to recover after the global
crisis. The EU faces a decision on when to stop emergency
financial measures that were used to prop up the economy, and
needs to tackle soaring budget deficits.
As competition commissioner, taking over from Neelie Kroes
of the Netherlands, Almunia will be asked to enforce strict
rules on state aid, prevent protectionism and uphold the EU's
Other appointments included:
- Catherine Ashton: Foreign Affairs High Representative
- Dacian Ciolos (Romania): Agriculture
- John Dalli (Malta): Health and Consumer Policy
- Karel De Gucht (Belgium): Trade
- Stefan Fuele (Czech Republic): Enlargement
- Connie Hedegaard (Denmark): Climate Action
- Maire Geoghegan-Quinn (Ireland): Research and Innovation
- Janusz Lewandowski (Poland): Budget/Financial Programming
- Guenther Oettinger (Germany): Energy
- Janez Potocnik (Slovenia): Environment
- Neelie Kroes (Netherlands): Digital Agenda.
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(Editing by Dale Hudson)
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