Portfolio Responsibilities of the Barroso Commission

August 13, 2004

Brussels, 12 August 2004

Responsibilities Departments [1] José Manuel BARROSO President Responsible for:

  • Political guidance of the Commission
  • Organisation of the Commission in order to ensure that it acts consistently, efficiently and on the basis of collegiality
  • Allocation of responsibilities
Chair of Group of Commissioners on Lisbon Strategy Chair of Group of Commissioners for External Relations

  • Secretariat General
  • Legal Service
  • Spokesperson
  • Group of Policy Advisers (GOPA)

Margot WALLSTRÖM Vice President Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy Responsible for:

  • Relations with the European Parliament
  • Relations with the Council and representation of the Commission, under the authority of the President, in the General Affairs Council
  • Contacts with National Parliaments
  • Relations with the Committee of the Regions, the Economic and Social Committee, and the Ombudsman
  • Replacing the President when absent
  • Coordination of press and communication strategy
Chair of Group of Commissioners for Communications and Programming

Press and Communication DG including Representations in the Member States

Günter VERHEUGEN Vice President Commissioner for Enterprise and Industry Responsible for:

  • Enterprise and industry
  • Coordination of Commission’s role in the Competitiveness Council
  • Chair of Group of Commissioners for the Competitiveness Council
Vice Chair of Group of Commissioners on Lisbon Strategy

  • DG Enterprise and Industry (renamed), adding:
  • Space (from DG RTD)
  • Security-related research (from DG INFSO/RTD)
  • Application of treaty rules on free movement of goods (from DG MARKT)
  • Agencies:
  • EMEA (European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products)
  • ECA (European Chemicals Agency)
Jacques BARROT Vice President Commissioner for Transport Responsible for:
  • Transport
  • Transport activities in the Transport and Energy DG
  • Agencies:
  • EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency)
  • EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency)
  • ERA (European Railway Agency)
Siim KALLAS Vice President Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud Responsible for:
  • Consolidation of Administrative Reform
  • Personnel and Administration
  • Budgetary discharge
  • Internal Audit
  • Fight against Fraud
  • Security
Chair of the Audit Progress Committee

  • Personnel and Administration DG
  • Internal Audit Service
  • European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF)
  • Informatics DG
  • Office for Administration and Payment of individual entitlements
  • Offices for Infrastructures and Logistics
  • Relations with the Inter-institutional European Personnel Selection Office

Rocco BUTTIGLIONE Vice President Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Responsible for:

  • Justice and Home Affairs

  • Justice, Freedom and Security DG (renamed)
  • Agencies:
  • EMCDDA (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction)
  • EUMC (European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia) – will be combined with Fundamental Rights
  • Border Control (European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders)
Viviane REDING Commissioner for Information Society and Media Responsible for:
  • Information Society
  • Audiovisual Policy
  • Coordination of Media Affairs

  • Information Society DG adding:
  • Audiovisual policy and Media programme Units from DG EAC
  • Agencies:
  • ENISA (European Network and Information Security Agency)
Stavros DIMAS
Commissioner for Environment Responsible for:
  • Environment

  • Environment DG
  • EEA (European Environment Agency)
Joaquin ALMUNIA Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Responsible for:
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Monetary matters
  • Statistical Office

  • Economic and Financial Affairs DG
  • Statistical Office
Danuta HÜBNER Commissioner for Regional Policy Responsible for:
  • Regional Policy
  • Cohesion Fund
  • Solidarity Fund

Regional Policy DG

Joe BORG Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Responsible for:

  • Fisheries
  • Coordination of maritime affairs
Chair of Commission Taskforce to develop a Green Paper on maritime Policy
  • Fisheries and Maritime Affairs DG (renamed) adding:
  • Transfer of responsibility for law of the sea from RELEX
  • Agencies:
  • CFCA (Community Fisheries Control Agency)
Dalia GRYBAUSKAITE Commissioner for Financial Programming and Budget Responsible for:
  • Financial Programming
  • Budget
  • Budget DG
Janez POTOCNIK Commissioner for Science and Research Responsible for:
  • Science, Research and Development
  • Joint Research Centre
  • Research DG
  • JRC
Ján FIGEL Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture, and Multilinguism Responsible for:
  • Education and Training
  • Youth, Sport, Civil Society
  • Culture
  • Translation and Interpretation
  • Education and Culture DG
  • Interpretation DG(SCIC)
  • Translation DG
  • Relations with Inter-institutional Publications Office (OPOCE)
  • Agencies:
  • CEDEFOP (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training)
  • ETF (European Training Foundation)
  • CdT (Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union)
Markos KYPRIANOU Commissioner for Health and Consumers Protection Responsible for:
  • Public Health
  • Consumers Affairs
  • Health and Consumer Protection DG
  • Agencies:
  • CPVO (Community Plant Variety Office)
  • ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control)
  • EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)
Olli REHN Commissioner for Enlargement Responsible for:
  • Candidate countries (Rumania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Turkey)
  • Western Balkans
  • Enlargement DG adding
  • Western Balkans Directorate from RELEX DG
  • Agencies:
  • EAR (European Agency for Reconstruction)
Louis MICHEL Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Responsible for:
  • Development Aid and Cooperation
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Development DG
  • Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO)
László KOVÁCS Commissioner for Energy Responsible for:
  • Energy policy
  • Nuclear Safety and Security
  • Energy activities in the Transport and Energy DG
Neelie KROES Commissioner for Competition Responsible for: Competition
  • Competition DG
Mariann FISCHER BOEL Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Responsible for:
  • Agriculture
  • Rural Development
  • Agriculture and Rural Development DG (renamed)
Benita FERRERO-WALDNER Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy Responsible for:
  • External Relations
  • Common Foreign and Security Policy
  • European Neighbourhood Policy
  • Delegations in non-member countries
Vice-Chair of Group of Commissioners for External Relations
  • External Relations DG
  • EuropeAid – Cooperation Office
Charlie McCREEVY Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Responsible for:
  • Internal Market
  • Financial Services
  • Internal Market and services DG (renamed)adding:
  • Free movement of capital from ECFIN DG
  • Responsibility for business related services and management of notifications by MS of draft rules on services from ENTR DG
  • Agencies:
  • OHIM (Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market – Trade Marks and designs)
Vladimir SPIDLA Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities Responsible for:
  • Employment
  • Social Affairs
  • Equal Opportunities
Chair of Group of Commissioners for Equal Opportunities
  • Employment Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG (renamed)
  • Agencies:
  • EUROFOUND (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)
  • EU-OSHA (European Agency for Safet y and Health at Work)
Peter MANDELSON Commissioner for Trade Responsible for:
  • Trade Policy
  • International dimension of competitiveness
Member of the Group of Commissioners for the Competitiveness Council
  • Trade DG

Ingrida UDRE Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union Responsible for:

  • Customs
  • Taxation
  • Taxation and Customs Union DG

[1] This list of department responsibilities is indicative and may be subject to adjustments at a later stage

Item source: IP/04/1030 Date: 12/08/2004

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