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Portfolios by Countries (and Parties)


Austria - Johannes Hahn (EPP) - Regional Policy
Belgium - Karel De Gucht (ELDR) - Trade
Bulgaria - Rumiana Jeleva (EPP) - International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response
Cyprus - Androulla Vassiliou (ELDR) - Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Czech Republic - Štefan Fule (PES) - Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy
Denmark - Connie Hedegaard (EPP) - Climate Action.
Estonia - Siim Kallas (ELDR) - Transport (Vice-President)
Finland - Olli Rehn (ELDR) - Economic and Monetary Affairs
France - Michel Barnier – (EPP) - Internal Market and Services
Germany - Günter Oettinger (EPP) - Energy.
Greece - Maria Damanaki (PES) - Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.
Hungary - László Andor (PES) - Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Ireland - Maire Geoghegan-Quinn (ELDR) – Research, Innovation and Science
Italy - Antonio Tajani (EPP) - Industry and Entrepreneurship (Vice-President)
Latvia - Andris Piebalgs (EPP) - Development
Lithuania - Algirdas Šemeta (EPP) - Taxation and Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Luxembourg - Viviane Reding (EPP) – Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (Vice-President)
Malta - John Dalli (EPP) - Health and Consumer Policy
Netherlands - Neelie Kroes (ELDR) -Digital Agenda (Vice-President)
Poland - Janusz Lewandowski (EPP) - Budget and Financial Programming.
Portugal – Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (EPP)
Romania - Dacian Ciolos (EPP) - Agriculture and Rural Development.
Slovakia - Maroš Šefcovic (PES) - Institutional Affairs and Administration (Vice-President)
Slovenia - Janez Potocnik (ELDR) - Environment
Spain - Joaquín Almunia (PES) - Competition (Vice-President)
Sweden - Cecilia Malmstrom (ELDR) - Home Affairs
United Kingdom - Baroness Catherine Ashton (PES) – EU Foreign Policy Chief (Vice-President)

Affiliation by party groups in European Parliament
EPP:     European People’s Party (largely Christian Democrats)
ELDR: European Liberal and Democratic Party
PES:     Party of European Socialists

  • High Skills versus Family-Based Immigration Policy: Complex Considerations.

    By Nicholas Zill

    In the current era of rapid demographic and technological change, and massive refugee flows, there has been much debate in European nations and in the US about immigration policies. One of the major points of contention is whether preferences should be given to would-be entrants on the basis of their high skills (merit-based immigration) or their family ties to individuals already residing in the country (family reunification).

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UMD Jean Monnet Research Project

Infrastructure Planning and Financing: Lessons from Europe and the United States

The University of Maryland has received a Jean Monnet grant from the EU to conduct a series of policy exchanges between Europe and the US on filling infrastructure needs and the utility of public/private partnerships as the financing mechanism. If interested in participating in or receiving more information about these exchanges, please contact Rye McKenzie (

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New from the Bertelsmann Foundation

The Bertelsmann Foundation is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit think tank in Washington, DC with a transatlantic perspective on global challenges.

"Edge of a Precipice" by Nathan Crist

"Newpolitik" by Emily Hruban


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