Headlines February 2011
The Barroso II Commission has been in office for about one year now, and the time is right to assess what we have achieved and what remains to be done.
As Vice-President responsible for inter-institutional relations and administration, it has been a busy year indeed. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of my services, I have achieved some important breakthroughs that will change the way Europe works and transform the EU’s institutional landscape for years to come.
At the end of 2010, the European Commission had exceeded its targets for recruiting staff from the 10 Member States which joined the EU in 2004. A new report shows that between 1st May 2004 and the end of 2010, the Commission recruited 4,004 officials and temporary agents from the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia, well above the ambitious target of 3,508.
The Commission also went beyond the objectives it set for itself for recruiting managers from the EU-10. EU enlargement has also had a positive effect on the gender balance in the Commission, meaning that women now outnumber men in the organisation.