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EU Observer reports on four European Commissioners—including Viviane Reding—who, effective Tuesday, left their jobs after being elected to the European Parliament. Formerly the commission’s justice commissioner, Reding is now Luxembourg’s MEP, the report states. The other commissioners who have left their posts to become MEPs include former economics commissioner Olli Rehn of Finland, industry commissioner Antonio Tajani of Italy and Janusz Lewandowski, of Poland, who was previously in charge of the EU budget. Jose Manuel Barroso, outgoing head of the commission, “said their portfolios will be temporarily taken over by other commissioners, pending the hearings and appointment of their successors,” the report states, noting, “Austria's Johannes Hahn, responsible for regional policy, will also look after justice and fundamental rights.”
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