Maybe it has escaped my attention, but I just saw this European Council Decision dated 2 October plus this document dated 28 September that formally decides that the number of European Commissioners will not be reduced as originally foreseen in the EU Treaties.
Instead, a special exception will be used made in concession to the Irish voters that the number of Commissioners will stay the same as the number of EU member states which will be 28 once Croatia has joined.
First, it’s a pity that such decisions are not officially announced on the website of the European Council (at least I can’t see this anywhere). It is not clear from the document whether this is already formally decided, but at least it looks like.
Second, it’s a pity that the number of Commissioners stays equal to the number of member states because this always makes each Commissioner a quasi-representative of his country although that’s not really the role of the Commission.