Meet the new leaders of EU development policy, humanitarian aid

Neven Mimica (left) will replace Andris Piebalgs as the European Commissioner for Development while Christos Stylianides (right) will replace Kristalina Georgieva as the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. Photos by: European Commission and OSCE Parliamentary Assembly / CC BY-NC-SA

After months of negotiations with European Union member states over the composition of the bloc’s executive branch following May’s parliamentary elections, European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker finally confirmed Wednesday the two new faces of EU aid.

Croatian Neven Mimica will become international cooperation and development commissioner, replacing Andris Piebalgs. Christos Stylianides from Cyprus, meanwhile, will take over the humanitarian aid and crisis management portfolio from Kristalina Georgieva, who becomes the new Commission vice president for budget and human resources.

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    Eva Donelli

    As a correspondent based in Brussels, Eva Donelli covers EU development policy issues and actors, from the EU institutions to the international NGO community. Eva was previously at the United Nations Regional Information Center for Western Europe and in the European Parliament's press office. As a freelance reporter, she has contributed to Italian and international magazines covering a wide range of issues, including EU affairs, development policy, social protection and nuclear energy. She speaks fluent English, French and Spanish in addition to her native Italian.