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Barroso agrees to Tonio Borg's nomination

European Commission President Jose Manoel Barroso has given his agreement for the  candidacy of Tonio Borg as Commissioner. He will take over John Dalli's responsibilities for health and customer protection.

The European Commission said this afternoon that Mr  Barroso had a meeting with Dr Borg in Brussels. He then informed the Maltese Prime Minister that Dr Borg's candidacy should proceed. 

Dr Borg will now be facing questioning by MEPs.

Dr Borg yesterday resigned his post as deputy leader of the Nationalist Party but will stay on as Foreign Minister and an MP until the confirmation process is complete.

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