EU commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding (R)and EU commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Michel Barnier (L) give a joint press conference on the amended proposals of the European Commission on market abuse on July 25, 2012 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. GOBET
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Michel Barnier, financial services commissioner for the European Union (EU), pauses during a news conference after a meeting of EU finance ministers at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. EU finance ministers hailed progress made in talks in Brussels on creating a system for handling failing euro-area banks, while offering few specifics about their advances. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Michel Barnier, Commisioner for Internal Market and Services, and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attend a press conference following the Eurogroup meeting of ECOFIN Ministers, at Dublin Castle on April 12, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
Michel Barnier, Commisioner for Internal Market and Services; Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Olli Rehn, the European Commision Vice President, attend a press conference following the Eurogroup meeting of ECOFIN Ministers, at Dublin Castle on April 12, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.
Michel Barnier, EU commissioner for Internal Markets and Services, arrives at the Cercle des Economistes' Rencontres Economiques meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France, on Sunday, July 4, 2010. European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet pressed governments to trim their budget deficits, saying such action would boost economic growth by improving confidence of consumers and investors. Photographer: Antoine Antoniol/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Michel Barnier, European Union internal market commissioner, gestures during an interview in his office at the EU commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, April 27, 2010. Barnier, the European Union's financial services commissioner, said he will work with the U.S. to address 'insane' discrepancies between pay and performance in the banking industry. Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vice President of the European Commission Michel Barnier attends the Ambrosetti International Economy Forum at Villa d'Este Hotel on September 5, 2014 in Como, Italy. 'Intelligence on the World, Europe and Italy' is the title of the workshop of the 40th edition of Ambrosetti International Economy Forum the intent of the workshop is to offer Italian and International decision-makers the opportunity for serious, high-level examination with the support of studies and statistics of geopolitical, economic, technological and social scenarios and their implication for business.