((OOC: Massive apologies, had a stupid amount to deal with the last week or so and I haven't been able to even log on to the forum. Really sorry!))
I'd like to associate myself with many of the remarks Ms. Emerett has made. The structure and powers of the Commission are only part of the problem. While I'm a keen advocate for reform of the system, as I've outlined in detail previously, any Commission, reformed or not, is useless without effective Commissioners. That's why I'm proposing that the number of Commissioners be reduced to three, and that each holder of the office is fully aware of the duties of their brief, and indeed the powers they can use to fulfill those duties. A Commission comprised of a Premier, a Commissioner for Internal Affairs and Commissioner for Foreign Affairs will be streamlined and reduce the risk of inactive or unenthusiastic office-holders.
I welcome the recent Constitutional amendment which grants Commissioners the right to propose legislation in the Council, however I don't believe it goes far enough. Its a good step forward, but we need to build on that progress if we want our executive to be effective and useful for the people of Europe. People that feel they've been let down by the current system, that don't even bother to vote in these elections. If we want to change that we have to listen to them and change the institutions to work better for them, as well as populating those institutions with individuals that care about their job and passionately want to make a difference. I believe I will meet that criteria. I believe that my experience at the top level of the Halsbergian executive branch as well as in the wider world outside Europolis makes me the best candidate for the job of Premier, the office where I feel I can make the most difference.
Thank you, and all the best.