European Commission President Manuel Barroso announced the list of the European Commissioners. Romanian Dacian Ciolos was named commissioner on Agriculture.
European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso defended Dacian Ciolos after he was asked why he chose to appoint a candidate coming from a country with a malfunctioning agricultural funds, Romanian news agency NewsIn reads.
Barroso declared that the comment is an insult to both the person and the country and does not respect the non-discrimination principle. He added that such a though countervails EU values.
Barroso declared that Ciolos was by far the most competent candidate and his CV alone can talk for itself. He explained that Ciolos worked all his life in this sector.
Ciolos will not receive an easy mandate, considering the debate on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy and the debate to reduce direct payments funds.
The fact that Romania receives this portfolio, is, in a way, a compromise awarded to France, who sustained Romania. France will receive the internal market portfolio through Michel Barnier. Financial services are given to Hungary, for a man with strong links to the British, who were concerned on whom receives the position.