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Juncker scolds dozen Commissioners for flocking to Davos

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker scolded his Commissioners for flocking to the World Economic Forum in Davos at a weekly meeting of the executive’s top brass.

Twelve Commissioners, including five Vice-Presidents, flew to the idyllic Swiss town for the 17-20 January conference in Switzerland.

There are currently 27 members of the College of Commissioners, rather than the usual 28. Bulgaria is yet to nominate a replacement after Kristalina Georgieva resigned. Georgieva was in Davos in her new role at the World Bank.  Georgieva was also in Davos.

According to minutes of the 17 January weekly meeting of Commissioners, published today (2 February), Juncker said “that a more limited presence would have been preferable”.

He warned his team against taking part in “any form of political upmanship in which some might seek to draw them to undermine the unity of the Union”.

Juncker “stressed the need to adopt a coordinated stance targeted on the main initiatives that made up the European Union’s positive agenda” at one of the regular meeting to discuss political events and approve legislative proposals.

Commissioners often give interviews to the media while at the flagship event for the global elite in Davos and there is constant speculation in Brussels over their jockeying for influence.

At its midday press briefing in Brussels today, the Commission was asked if there was a problem with political rivalries in the Juncker administration.

Chief Spokesman Margaritis Schinas did not answer the question directly but said of Davos, “It is no secret that Jean-Claude Juncker is not a great fan and he has not been there for many years.”

>>Read: Whole story on EurActiv

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