Gentiloni selects Buti as head of the cabinet

Gentiloni selects Buti as head of the cabinet

The Commissioner-designate for economy, Italian Paolo Gentiloni, has picked director-general of ECFIN, Marco Buti, to become his head of cabinet, three sources confirmed to EURACTIV.com. Buti is an experienced European official who has lead the directorate-general for economic and financial affairs from the outset of the financial crisis in the second half of 2008. By picking his compatriot, Gentiloni will add a safe pair of hands to deal with the complex issues expected in the new period, including the review of the stability and growth pact, and the oversight of…

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In details: President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen introduced the administration.

In details: President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen introduced the administration.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. Nominees are now being grilled by Parliamentary ahead of a final confirmation vote by MEPs in October. Von der Leyen’s Commission will have three executive vice-presidents in the form of Frans Timmermans, Margrethe Vestager and Valdis Dombrokvskis. They will also serve as regular Commissioners, not just coordinators. There will also be five other vice-presidents: Josep Borrell, Věra Jourová, Margaritis…

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According to the representative of Bayer, in the next 5 years there is no “magic” alternative to glyphosate

According to the representative of Bayer, in the next 5 years there is no “magic” alternative to glyphosate

In the next five years, no alternative to glyphosate is going to “magically” appear in the market, Dr Bob Reiter, a high-ranking official from Bayer, told EURACTIV.com, referring to the controversial herbicide that has been the subject of heated debates across Europe. Speaking to EURACTIV on the sidelines of the Future of Farming Dialogue event in Monheim, Dr Reiter, who is the head of research and development, crop science at Bayer, said glyphosate might be a “once in a lifetime product”. Last year, Bayer bought US-based Monsanto, which produces glyphosate,…

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