29.9, 1830 – Neven Mimica (Development)


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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