The incoming President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, has reaffirmed his confidence in his entire team of designated commissioners.

The move comes after one of the designates, Italy's Rocco Buttiglione, was rejected by a European Parliament panel.

The parliament's Civil Liberties Committee narrowly rejected Mr Buttiglione for the post of Justice and Security Commissioner because of his conservative Roman Catholic views on homosexuality and marriage.

However, the committee's vote is not binding as the parliament does not have the power to reject individual commissioners.