Britain and France secure EU's top economic jobs

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and France are getting two top positions on economic and financial policy-making in the new European Commission.

The President-elect of the 28-nation bloc's executive arm, Jean-Claude Juncker, said former French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici will be the new Economics Commissioner, whose responsibility includes policing member states' budgets.

In a significant win for Britain, former House of Lords leader Jonathan Hill will be in charge of regulating the EU's financial services, which is one of the country's key industries.

Juncker says Wednesday that his team, which will take office in November, will work to kick-start growth, reduce bureaucracy and restore people's faith in the EU.

In other moves, Denmark's Margrethe Vestager will become the bloc's powerful antitrust chief and Sweden's Cecilia Malmstroem will be the new Trade Commissioner.