BRUSSELS, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The new head of the European Commission has re-submitted key nominations in hopes of gaining parliamentary approval.
Jose Manuel Barroso announced the new nominations in a move that looks certain to gain approval for the entire 24-member team that was supposed to take office last Monday, the Financial Times reported Friday.
Barroso named Franco Frattini, Italy's foreign minister, as justice and security commissioner, replacing his compatriot Rocco Buttiglione, rejected by the European parliament for his Roman Catholic views on homosexuality and women.
Laszlo Kovacs, the Hungarian nominee and a former communist, has been renominated as the tax commissioner instead of the energy chief, which will now be held by Latvia's Andris Piebalgs, who has a scientific background.
The new nominations quickly drew expressions of approval from members of the European Parliament, which could vote on the nominations as early mid-November.