EU head says multiple changes to commissioner slate possible

[JURIST] Incoming European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said Thursday that he is considering making several changes to the proposed slate of EU Commissioners. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Barroso yesterday withdrew the slate of commissioners before the European Parliament could vote to approve or reject the slate. Italy's nominee for the Justice portfolio, Rocco Buttiglione, has become the center of controversy after expressing traditional religious beliefs on homosexuality and marriage during a Parliamentary review hearing. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today program, Barroso said that the European Parliament's opposition to the slate was not based solely on Buttiglione's inclusion and that changing a single commissioner would not solve the problem. Listen to recorded audio of the interview. BBC News has more. EUobserver.com has more on Italy's support of Buttiglione.

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