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New competences at the EU for the Alpine Convention

As of November a new Commissioner at the European Union is to be officially responsible for the Alpine Convention. Stavros Dimas, currently Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, is to take over as Commissioner for the Environment.
Mr Dimas, 63, studied law and economics and worked as a lawyer for both the World Bank and for a Wall Street Law Firm. In Greece he has held the posts of Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Trade and Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology. Nothing is known to date about relations with environmental protection. Margot Wallström currently holds the post of Commissioner for the Environment. The EU is a contracting party to the Alpine Convention alongside the eight countries to the Alpine Region.
Sources: http://europa.eu.int/comm/commissioners/newcomm_en (en), Naturschutzbund Deutschland 12.08.2004 www.nabu.de/m06/m06_04/02662.html (de)