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DG MARE and DG ENVIRONMENT combined in one portfolio for New Commissioner Mr. Karmenu Vella.

The new European Commission doesn’t officially take office until 1 November, but a number of portfolios have been reshaped and streamlined. Significantly, the Environment and Maritime Affairs and Fisheries portfolios have been combined (under Karmenu Vella) to reflect the twin logic of "Blue" and "Green" Growth – environment and maritime conservation policies can and should play a key role in creating jobs, preserving resources, stimulating growth and encouraging investment. Protecting the environment and maintaining our competitiveness have to go hand-in-hand, both are about a sustainable future.

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