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Figeľ to oversee culture and education in EC

THE SLOVAK member of the European Commission (EC) will be responsible for the area of education and culture, the new EC chairman, José Manuel Barroso, announced yesterday along with the fields for the remaining 23 commissioners.

The decision to give Ján Figeľ the education and culture agenda came as a surprise because the future commissioner had been studying the field of information technologies, which was believed to become his agenda.

Figeľ said, however, that Barosso's decision did not surprise him.

"The head of the EC consulted his decision with me," Figeľ said to the SME daily, adding that he accepted the agenda as a "challenge for communication with 25 EU member states."

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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