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Croat Confirmed as EU Consumer Commissioner

The European Parliament confirmed Neven Mimica as the Commissioner for Consumer Policy on Wednesday.

Boris Pavelic

After the Council of the European Union formally confirms the European Parliament's decision, Mimica will take over EU consumer policy on July 1, remaining in the post until the end of the mandate of the current European Commission on October 31, 2014.

The Croatian government and the President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barrosso, appointed Mimica a commissioner candidate on April 25. The European Parliament then held a hearing with Mimica on June 4.

After the hearing, the European People's Party requested additional clarifications from Mimica in some specific areas. Mimica answered in written form, after which the European People's Party confirmed it would vote for Mimica. The European Parliament then voted for Mimica on Monday by a majority of 565 to 64 votes.

Mimica is a member of the Croatian Social Democratic Party, which belongs to the Socialist bloc in the European Parliament. An economist, he served as Croatia's Minister for European Integration from 2001 to 2003.

In order for Mimica to become a commissioner, the current Health and Consumers general directorate is to be split into two. The current commissioner, Tonio Borg, will hold the post of health commissioner while Mimica will take over consumer policy.

Croatia will become the 28th EU member state on July 1.

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