A Greek conservative has been made European Environment Commissioner, potentially signalling an end to the activist stance taken by the EU in the past five years.
Stavros Dimas will replace Swedish social democrat Margot Wallström as long as he is confirmed in his job by the European Parliament in September.
Increasing recycling will be one of his key tasks when he starts on November 1. A lawyer by trade, Dimas has worked for development organisations such as the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank.
Dimas is a member of Greeces ruling New Democracy Party. He could be expected to maintain close links with a Greek government often at odds with the commission over environmental policy.