• Will Competition Commissioner Almunia Prove to be a Man of Steel?
  • January 22, 2010 | Authors: Stephen C. Tupper; Hans Urlus
  • Law Firms: Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP - London Office; Greenberg Traurig Maher LLP - Amsterdam Office
  • On 27 November 2009, EU Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, announced the new line up of EU Commissioners for the next five year term. This confirmed that Neelie Kroes, whilst staying on as the Dutch-nominated Commissioner, will no longer be responsible for competition policy. That honour will fall to Joaquin Almunia, a Socialist lawyer/economist from Spain. Barroso’s nominations are subject to scrutiny and approval by the European Parliament. Confirmation is expected in January 2010. If confirmed, Mr. Almunia will have the job until November 2014.