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Delo - Slovenia | Thursday, October 23, 2014

New EU Commission bolsters small states

The EU Parliament on Wednesday gave the green light for the new European Commission, which will start work on December 1. Commission President Jean-Claude has organised his team in a way that will make it easier for the smaller member states to keep an eye on the bigger ones, the left-liberal daily Delo writes approvingly: "Juncker has restructured the Commission in a clever way. Using his political experience he has made it easier for the vice presidents, who mostly come from the smaller countries, to withstand pressure from the bigger ones. At least formally, they will have more say. For that reason it's all the more regrettable that Slovenia's politicians weren't able to recognise the value of what the long-time leader of one of the smallest member states was willing to offer them. Juncker has repeatedly stressed that for him there are no big or small countries, and that all member states are equal."

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