The inter-institutional portfolio is instrumental in ensuring that the European institutions can work together effectively on behalf of European citizens and that the Commission itself – with its 30 000-strong staff – runs smoothly.
The Lisbon Treaty provides a unique opportunity to put the EU on a completely new footing, make EU decisions more understandable to the public, enable the EU institutions to work together more intensively and make the EU a stronger global actor.
One of my tasks is to build consensus between EU institutions on major policies. This requires a real culture of cooperation and a smooth system of internal communication between all European institutions. My team and I work closely with the European Parliament, Council, Committee of the Regions, Economic and Social Committee, Ombudsman and national parliaments.
I want to ensure a modern, dynamic and professional working environment in the Commission, one that encourages and delivers excellent results. The Commission must attract, train and retain highly skilled and motivated staff, in order to achieve its policy objectives with the right resources in the right place at the right time.