Prime Minister Emil Boc has voiced conviction that the new commission will achieve its objectives and he hopes Romania, through its representative Dacian Ciolos, will contribute to an efficient and transparent capitalisation on the financial aid and the opportunities extended by the European Union to agriculture and rural development, both sectors he says are of utmost importance to the sustainable development of the EU member states.
The European Parliament on Tuesday elected the new European Commission by 488 votes to 137, with 72 abstentions, in a session in Strasbourg. The new commission will be chaired by Jose Manuel Durao Barroso. This decision allows the 27 members of the new EU Executive to take over their portfolios after a four-month delay against the initial schedule.
The delay is said to have been the result of unexpected delays in the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty, of disputes over the people who were to be the permanent president of the European Council and the high representative for foreign and security policy, as well as of the rejection by the European Parliament of Bulgaria’s initial candidate for commissioner for humanitarian aid.
The new European Commission comprises 27 members, one for each member state acting in the interest of the European Union not as representatives of their home country. Among them is Romanian Dacian Ciolos, European commissioner for Agriculture and rural development.