New College, old rules

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The new European Commission so far has no plans to change its procedural rules, according to an official reply from the secretariat general on 22 October (copied below).

Making his portfolio allocations eight weeks ago, President Juncker announced five project teams each led by a vice-president who, he said, would control access to the College agenda in their respective areas.

However how this system will work appears, on the first working day of the new Commission, still not to have been written down anywhere. Why not?

While it’s fair to allow any new team time to settle down when taking office, Juncker was confirmed as the incoming EC president more than three months ago (15 July).

He (and Catherine Day, the nine-years-in-office EC secretary general) ought by now to have some plan as to how they proprose their new new system will work. Do they? And how long before we (and the College members themselves) find out?


From: Mark Johnston
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 3:10 PM
Subject: Access to documents: EC Rules of Procedure
dear Secretary General,
Application for access to documents: EC Rules of Procedure
Please provide public access to all documents containing proposals to change the European Commission’s rules of procedure currently in force.
Thank you in advance.
Kind regards,
Mark Johnston


From: <>
Date: 22 October 2014 17:30
Subject: FW: Access to documents: EC Rules of Procedure — Ref. Gestdem 2014/4911 To:

Dear Mr. Johnston,
Thank you for your e-mail, requesting access to documents under Regulation No 1049/2001 regarding public access to European Parliament, Council and Commission documents.Currently, there is no document containing proposals for changes to the Commission’s rules of procedure in force.
Yours sincerely,

For the Registry Director
Martine DEPREZ
European Commission
Secretariat General/Head of Unit SG.A.1 (Registry)

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