Von der Leyen to present the new College on Tuesday

Photo: EU Ursula von der Leyen

I am happy to have received all names from EU Member States and now looking forward to assembling a well-balanced College, which I’ll present on Tuesday (10 September), Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen posted on twitter two days ago.

Some rumours about the future distribution of the portfolios are already erupting in Brussels. According to them Romania will receive the transport portfolio, Bulgaria - education and culture.

France Timmermans will be again first EC Vice-President, as it was agreed at the last European summit within the EU top jobs package, but his main focus during the next 5 years will be climate action. As it was revealed a week before, the commissioner from Poland with deal with agriculture.

According to the French media Sylvie Goulard, deputy governor of the Bank of France and a former MEP, is likely to be appointed EU commissioner for internal market. Most probably the current Irish commissioner Phil Hogan, who is in charge of Agriculture, will be responsible for the trade portfolio during his 2019-2024 mandate.

In few days it will be clear how the new College will look like. According to the procedure before the commissioners-designate can take office, Parliament organises hearings with them to examine whether their skills and qualifications match the posts proposed for them. The new Commission have to take office on 1 November. 

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