New European Commissioners announced by incoming Commission President Von der Leyen
The elected president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, who is about to take the leadership of the executive arm of the European Union in November, has decided who will be part of her team in the next five years.
Von der Leyen, who will replace Jean-Claude Juncker, achieved almost perfect gender equality by appointing 14 men and 13 women to be part of her Commission, which proposes laws for the 28-country bloc and makes ensures their implementation.
The list is composed of Johannes Hahn (Austria), Didier Reynders (Belgium), Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria), Dubravka Šuica (Croatia), Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus), Vĕra Jourová (Czech Republic), Margrethe Vestager (Denmark), Kadri Simson (Estonia), Jutta Urpilainen (Finland), Sylvie Goulard (France), Margaritis Schinas (Greece), László Trócsányi (Hungary), Phil Hogan (Ireland), Paolo Gentiloni (Italy), Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia), Virginijus Sinkevičius (Lithuania ), Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg), Helena Dalli (Malta), Frans Timmermans (Netherlands), Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland), Elisa Ferreira (Portugal), Rovana Plumb (Romania), Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia), Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia) and Ylva Johansson (Sweden).
New Europe reports that the two spots for the position of First Vice-President are expected to be granted to Frans Timmermans and Margrethe Vestager, due to an arrangement agreed by the EU’s leaders. Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell is also expected to land one of the top jobs, replacing Federica Mogherini as the EU’s foreign policy chief.
The UK, which is about to leave the EU on October 31, was not assigned a commissioner.
The Council of the European Union must now approve the list, before their appointments are published in the Official Journal of the European Union. President-elect von der Leyen will make an announcement on Tuesday about the distribution of portfolios and her proposal for the organisation of the work of the next European Commission.