European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
The portfolio deals with the distribution of aid; the European Commission is the largest supplier of humanitarian aid in the world.
Louis Michel as commissioner
After the Israeli-Lebanese conflict in 2006 the Commissioner visited Lebanon and called for €30 million to repair the damage there. The Parliament's development committee was cautious though about the expenditure and he was also criticised for his slow response with one MEP comparing him to "a fireman who arrives at the scene after the fire has gone out". In the same debate MEPs attacked the Commissioner for "appearing partial in the Congolese elections" in describing Joseph Kabila as "the hope of Congo". Michel responded by saying he would have said the same about any candidate in the democratic elections.
Louis Michel has caused some mild controversy in 2007 among MEPs when it became known that he is to take leave from his work to compete in Belgian elections. Generally Commissioners are meant to remain above national politics and the European Parliament's development committee asked the Parliament's legal service to assess if his participation violates the treaties. During his absence (12 May 2007 onwards), Commissioner Rehn will take over his duties.
His head of cabinet is Sabine Weyand, deputy head; Koen Doens and spokesperson; Amadeu Altafaj-Tardio.
List of commissioners
|1||Robert Lemaignen||France||1958–1962||Hallstein Commission|
|2||Henri Rochereau||France||1962–1970||Hallstein Commission, Rey Commission|
|3||Jean-François Deniau||France||1967–1973||Rey Commission, Malfatti Commission, Mansholt Commission|
|4||Claude Cheysson||France||1973–1981||Ortoli Commission, Jenkins Commission, Thorn Commission|
|5||Edgard Pisani||France||1981–1985||Thorn Commission|
|6||Lorenzo Natali||Italy||1985–1989||Delors Commission I|
|7||Manuel Marin||Spain||1989–1995||Delors Commission II & III|
|8||João de Deus Pinheiro||Portugal||1995–1999||Santer Commission|
|9||Poul Nielson||Denmark||1999–2004||Prodi Commission|
|10||Joe Borg||Malta||2004||Prodi Commission|
|11||Louis Michel||Belgium||2004–2009||Barroso Commission I|
|12||Karel De Gucht||Belgium||2009–2010||Barroso Commission I|
|13||Kristalina Georgieva||Bulgaria||2010-2014||Barroso Commission II|
|14||Christos Stylianides||Cyprus||2014–Present||Juncker Commission|