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The job so important it takes three months to replace a resignee

From the EU site:

"Following the resignation of Mr Markos Kyprianou from his post as a member of the European Commission, the Council of the European Union, by decision of 29 February 2008, acting in accordance with the Treaties, has decided to replace him for the remainder of his term of office. It has appointed Ms Androula Vassiliou".

Markos had his priorities right in that he would rather be the Cypriot Foreign minister. Cypriot politics would appear to be a very small pond in that Markos's pa was Cypriot president a while back, and Androula's husband has been El Presidente too. And both studied law in the UK. However, to muddy the waters somewhat, she is linked with the United Democrats, and he with the (presumably faction riven) Democrats.

Given that there cannot have been that many qualified Cypriots - and it had to be a Cypriot, EU Commissariats being what they are - why did it take three months to drag Mrs Vassiliou away from the delights of Nicosia and off to Brussels? Is it, whisper it low, possible that despite the lack of an active Health Commissar there were no outbreaks of pneumonic plague, consumption, dropsy and who knows what else?



A bit of further digging suggests that she had taken up the reins previously, and this is just a rather silly ritual, but having got that far into posting I was damned if I was going to scrap it.


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Blogger Jonathan M. Scott said... 12:58 pm

Bliar resigned nearly a year ago.

They still haven't really replaced him, as Brown is only a 'stand in'.

It may take until 2010.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 5:46 am

...reins... again!!  



Blogger Croydonian said... 7:04 am

Curses. Fixed.  



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