Put yourself in the shoes of a newly-elected European Commissioner
for a moment. You officially begin work at 9.00am this morning and so you arrive in your office, put down the coffee and pastry on the desk and start up your computer. But what is the first thing you do?
Set up a Twitter account of course!
At least that is what the Slovenian Janez Potočnik
has done, and as a result he has scooped the prestitious award for the first Commissioner to do so.
His first tweet
appeared shortly after 9.00am this morning, and reads "My statement on my nomination as Environment Commissioner: http://twurl.nl/vgxwjc
We have already witnessed the arrival of European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek
on the micro-blogging site, so how long will it be before other Commissioners join the club?Keep a track of them as they are created here:László Andor
(HU) - Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (01/01/11)Michel Barnier
(FR) - Internal Market (16/01/09)Maria Damanaki
(HE) - Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (26/06/09 then 14/03/11)Kristalina Georgieva
(BG) - Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Response (15/03/10)Siim Kallas
(EE) - Transport (06/06/11)Neelie Kroes
(NL) - Digital Agenda (30/06/10)
(SK) - Inter-institutional Relations and Administration (26/10/11)
(LT) - Taxation, Customs Union, Audit and Anti-Fraud (27/09/11)Update (10/02 - 23:50):
Have discovered that French Commissioner Michel Barnier
and Greek Maria Damanaki
already have Twitter accounts, but were set up before they became Commissioners.
Update (30/06 - 15:55): Neelie Kroes
added. José Manuel Barroso
removed from the list as account is shown as 'suspended'.Update (20/08 - 16:07): Vivian Reding
added.Update (10/01 - 14.00): László Andor
added.Update (17/03 - 13.43): Maria Damanaki
has created a new account to replace her @damanaki
account she had used before becoming a Commissioner.Update (10/06 - 17.35): Siim Kallas
Update (17/10 - 23.55): Andris Piebalgs and Maroš Šefčovič added.