A slimmer — but still substantial — delegation will head for the Swiss slopes this year.
On the agenda: Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will go to the World Economic Forum in Davos next week and address the plenary session at 11 a.m. on Thursday, in addition to meeting philanthropist Bill Gates and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Last year, Juncker complained about the number of commissioners — 12 — who went to Davos. A reduced contingent — five commissioners and two vice presidents — will go this time. The conference is “putting Europe centre-stage of this year’s discussion,” Commission spokesperson Mina Andreeva said, explaining their presence. (POLITICO will also be in Davos — Ryan Heath, Matt Kaminski and Florian Eder will bring to you a special daily Davos Playbook and pop-up podcast, Davos Confidential).
Environmental trouble: The Commission will host the ministers of nine countries on January 30 who face infringement proceedings for failing to tackle air pollution. The Commission announced an action plan to help the countries meet their environmental targets.
“Yes, infringement proceedings are underway, but we do continue to look for solutions laterally because we want the swiftest solutions possible,” said Andreeva.