Von der Leyen announces the distribution of portfoliosEuropost , Brussels
Today, EC President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen announced the distribution of portfolios to Commissioners-designate during a two-hour long news conference at the Commission’s press room in Brussels. “Well-balanced, agile and modern” she labelled the new College adding that it will be led with “determination, clearly focused on the issues at hand and provides answers.”
The proposed portfolios reflect the agenda set out by President-elect in the Political Guidelines. The 2019-2024 Commission will have eight vice-presidents, three of them “executive” with a double function.
Frans Timmermans from Netherlands, who is currently EC First VP, in the new College will be Executive Vice-President. He will coordinate the work on the European Green Deal and will manage climate action policy, supported by the Directorate-General for Climate Action.
Margrethe Vestager of Denmark, will be Executive Vice-President who will coordinate the whole agenda on a Europe fit for the digital age and be the Commissioner for Competition.
The third Executive Vice-President is the Latvian VP Valdis Dombrovskis who will manage the work on an Economy that Works for People and be the Commissioner for financial services.
Josep Borrell from Spain, current Spanish Foreign Minister and HR/VP-designate will work for “A Stronger Europe in the World” and current Commissioner Vera Jourova from Czech Republic will dedicate as VP to “Values and Transparency”.
Margaritis Schinas from Greece, former MEP, and until recently Chief Spokesperson for Juncker Commission, will be VP for “Protecting our European Way of Life”. Maros Sefcovic from Slovakia, Vice-President in the Juncker Commission will held the same post in the new College with focus on “Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight” and the newcomer Dubravka Suica from Croatia, currently MEP will be in charge as VP on “Democracy and Demography”.
Johannes Hahn (Austria) will be in charge of ‘Budget and Administration', and will report directly to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. As a long-serving member of the College, he knows about the importance of nurturing a modern administration.
Didier Reynders (Belgium), who trained as a lawyer, is a highly experienced former national Finance Minister, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs and Minister of Defence. In the new Commission, he will be responsible for ‘Justice' (including the topic of the rule of law).
Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) is a current European Commissioner. She worked with dedication and energy on the digital portfolio, and is now moving on to create new perspectives for the young generation with ‘Innovation and Youth' portfolio. It includes as well education, culture and research.
Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) is a medical psychologist with many years of experience in the field of social affairs, health and cancer prevention. She will lead the ‘Health' portfolio.
Kadri Simson (Estonia) is a long-serving member of the Estonian parliament and Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure. She will be in charge of the ‘Energy' portfolio.
Jutta Urpilainen (Finland) was not only Finance Minister and a long-standing member of the Finnish Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee; she has also worked as a special envoy in Ethiopia. She will take over responsibility for ‘International Partnerships'.
Sylvie Goulard (France), former Member of European Parliament, is a dedicated and convinced European. As the ‘Internal Market' Commissioner, she will lead our work on industrial policy and promote the Digital Single Market. She will also be responsible for the new Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space.
Laszlo Trocsanyi (Hungary) is the former Minister of Justice of Hungary. He will lead the ‘Neighbourhood and Enlargement' portfolio and Phil Hogan (Ireland), the incumbent Commissioner for Agriculture, will have in the ‘Trade' portfolio.
Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), former Italian Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, will be sharing his vast experience in the ‘Economy' portfolio and Virginijus Sinkevicius (Lithuania), Lithuanian Minister for Economy and Innovation, will be responsible for ‘Environment and Oceans'.
Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg) MEP and former national Minister for Employment and Labour, and will now be responsible for the ‘Jobs' portfolio.
Helena Dalli (Malta) has served as Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer Affairs and Civil Liberties, and also as a Minister for European Affairs and Equality. She will lead the ‘Equality' portfolio.
Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland) was a long-serving Member of the European Parliament in the Agriculture Committee, and is currently a Member of the European Court of Auditors. He will be in charge of the portfolio ‘Agriculture'.
Elisa Ferreira (Portugal) is currently Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal. She has been a Member of the European Parliament for many years, and was the Portuguese Minister for Planning and Minister for Environment. She will lead the ‘Cohesion and Reforms' portfolio.
Rovana Plumb (Romania) is a Member of the European Parliament (Vice-President of the Social and Democrats Group), and is a former national Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister of Labour, Minister of European Funds, Minister of Education and Minister of Transport. She will be in charge of the ‘Transport' portfolio.
Janez Lenarcic (Slovenia) is a Slovenian diplomat. He was Secretary of State for European Affairs, and worked closely for several years with the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and the European Union. He will be in charge of the ‘Crisis Management' portfolio.
Ylva Johansson (Sweden) is national Minister for Employment but also a former Minister for Schools and Minister for Health and Elderly Care and member of Swedish Parliament. She is also a highly respected expert in the fields of employment, integration, health and welfare. She will lead the ‘Home Affairs' portfolio.
According to the procedure the Vice-Presidents and Commissioners have to appear before the responsible EP committee for a single three-hour hearing. Afterwards the full House has to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners. The new Commission has to start its term on 1 November.