Johannes Hahn appointed next Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations

Source: EU Neighbourhood Info Centre

Current European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn has been appointed as the next European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, succeeding Štefan Füle, who is due to step down when the term of the current Commission ends on 31 October 2014.

"The EU's relations with its neighbours to the East and south are more important than ever - and more challenging - and I am looking forward to working closely with the future High Representative Federica Mogherini on this" said Commissioner Hahn. "Neighbourhood policy is close to my heart. It is in many ways a natural progression from the work I have been doing as Regional Policy Commissioner. Building connections, helping regions to stand on their own feet, and through concrete action delivering to promote security and prosperity and communicating European values - I look forward to the hearing at the European Parliament and starting work as soon as possible."

Johannes Hahn is an Austrian national. He has served as European Commissioner for Regional Policy since 2010.

The new college of Commissioners was announced today by European Commission President-Elect Jean-Claude Juncker.

The European Parliament has to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. This is preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission.

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