Six EU Commissioners Granted Temporary Electoral Leave
Six EU commissioners will take temporary electoral leave in April as part of their candidacies for May's European elections.
Economic affairs chief Olli Rehn, justice commissioner Viviane Reding, industry boss Antonio Tajani, administration commissioner Maros Sefcovic, EU budget chief Janusz Lewandowski, consumer protection commissioner Neven Mimica are all standing for the EU assembly.
According to a statement by EC president Jose Manuel Barroso the six EU officials will be granted electoral leave between 19 April and 25 May, except for Rehn whose electoral leave will begin on 7 April.
The leave period is unpaid and during that time the commissioners will not be able to use the EC resources.
If elected, those who decide to take up seats in the European Parliament must resign from the Commission no later than the end of June.
While the six commissioners are on electoral leave, their functions will be taken over by their colleagues, including the Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.
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