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Asked when the Government would announce the UK’s new EU Commissioner, the PMOS said that no date had been set at this stage. We had until the end of July to make an announcement. He pointed out that the new European Commission President had only been confirmed last night. As the Prime Minister had said, we welcomed the appointment of Mr Barroso and we were delighted there had been a genuine consensus behind it. He was clearly the right man for the job and understood our position. Asked if a decision on Britain’s new EU Commissioner had been made but not yet finalised, the PMOS said that our position on this issue had not changed. Asked if the Prime Minister had entered into discussion with European leaders about Commissioners’ portfolios, the PMOS said he thought it was too early for any such discussions. In any event, those discussions would be had with the new Commission President in the normal way. However, that would not be done immediately, as Mr Barroso would obviously need a little time to settle into his new job.

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