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Kovacs New EU Energy Commissioner

Foreign Minister Laszlo Kovacs, recently appointed Hungary's EU Commissioner, will be responsible for energy in the European Commission, incoming president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Durao Barroso said yesterday.

Responding to the announcement at news conference in Budapest yesterday, Kovacs said "When offering me this post, EC President Barroso has calculated with my experience in international affairs and negotiations and my problem-solving skills,"

He was dismissive of remarks by Fidesz that he is not qualified for the position, stating it was a political appointment.

(BBJ 13.viii.04)

 
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