Dimas EU role may be at risk

The snap general elections on October 4 could be jeopardizing Stavros Dimas’s chances of staying on as the European Union’s environment commissioner or of a Greek politician being given one of the high-profile portfolios when the next Commission is named, sources have told Sunday’s Kathimerini. Dimas, 68, has served as environment commissioner since November 2004 and his tenure has generally been seen as a success. However, diplomatic sources indicated that the Greek government, as a result of next Sunday’s elections, has been absent from ongoing negotiations as to how positions on the next Commission will be allocated. Discussions began just days after the president of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, was elected on September 16 to serve a second term. Barrosso’s current set of 27 commissioners are due to serve until the end of October.