Author Archives: Alisdair

29.9, 1830 – Neven Mimica (Development)

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Political Flair 8.5 / 10
Credibility 9 / 10
Energy 9 / 10
Warmth 9 / 10
Ability to connect with people outside Brussels 9 / 10
Likelihood of being approved by the EP 10 / 10
Overall rating 9.5 / 10

Watching Neven Mimica you can’t help wonder why they didn’t make this guy the President or at least a VP. He may well disagree, in response to one question Mimica played down the role of the seven VPs as simply allowing better team work. His Hearing went well. The Croatian comes over as passionate, knowledgeable, personable and able to project the EU and its benefits to a wider audience than the Bubble. A Hearing on the Development dossier took in climate change, TTIP, the Financial Transactions Tax, G8, property rights, and he showed himself pretty on top of his issues. My main takeaway was the next Commission will work together more closely to get the link between trade and development right, and the need to get value for money. So all in all, a nice change after the turgid Oettinger, someone who projects a real passion about getting things done.

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29.9, 1830 – Günther Oettinger (Digital)

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Political Flair 7 / 10
Credibility 7 / 10
Energy 7 / 10
Warmth 5 / 10
Ability to connect with people outside Brussels 5 / 10
Likelihood of being approved by the EP 9 / 10
Overall rating 7 / 10

Filling Neelie Kroes’ shoes was never going to be easy. The fact that the gaffe prone Gunther Oettinger was put forward for the job should at least keep the headlines ticking over. Oettinger will have a tough job ahead of him breaking down barriers to a true single telecoms market, but made a big play of his experience in the energy market and that (early) part came across as okay. He was less convincing when actually talking about things like, The Internet. It was a bit like your Dad at points. So like many seasoned Brussels figures, good on the big picture, big jargon, but when it got down to brass tacks, very specific questions about policy or products or people, it all went a bit flat. It should be enough for these MEPs though. But for those outside the room, there was no real vision or insights.

Photo: CC License from Flickr – original source here.