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Brussels, 11 September 2014 - Croatian Neven Mimica (left) will become international cooperation and development commissioner, replacing Andris Piebalgs. Mimica is a social democrat who has served as European commissioner for consumer protection since July 2013. 
Christos Stylianides (right) from Cyprus, meanwhile, will take over the humanitarian aid and crisis management portfolio from Kristalina Georgieva. Stylianides belongs to the conservative European People’s Party as a member of the European Parliament.

Mimica and Stylianides will shape EU development cooperation and humanitarian aid policy for the next five year Commission term. Both commissioners are expected to coordinate very closely with EU foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini, Italy's former foreign affairs minister. She is succeeding Catherine Ashton as High Representative and head of the EU External Action Service.

Priorities

The new commissioners' mission letters are revealing a number of priorities for each of them to focus on during their mandate.

For EU international cooperation and development policy, the priorities include negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and for a revised Cotonou Agreement, respect for human rights, good governance and gender equality in the dialogue and assistance programs.

Mimica and Stylianides have also been tasked with enhancing the EU’s contribution to international cooperation and development; to further coordinate policies, strengthen the EU’s strategic partnership with Africa; and to work closely with commissioners responsible for other cross-cutting policies to ensure that policies are consistent with development goals.

Furthermore, Stylianides wants to maximize the impact of EU humanitarian aid efforts and will collaborate with his predecessor Georgieva to ensure that any commitments made can be financed. He also wants to ensure sound and performance-based management of the budget for humanitarian aid and crisis management.

If confirmed by the European Parliament, the new European Commission will take office on Nov. 1. 2014.