The von der Leyen Commission: for a Union that strives for more
September 11, 2019
Yesterday, President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented her team and the new structure of the next European Commission.
The new College of Commissioners will have eight Vice-Presidents. Three Executive Vice-Presidents (Frans Timmermans, Netherlands; Margrethe Vestager, Denmark; Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia) will have a double function. They will be both Vice-President responsible for one of three core topics of the President-elect’s agenda and Commissioners.
The five other Vice-Presidents are:Josep Borrell (Spain) the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Věra Jourová (Czech Republic), Margaritis Schinas (Greece), Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia), Dubravka Šuica (Croatia).
László Trócsányi (Hungary) is the former Minister of Justice of Hungary. He will lead the ‘Neighbourhood and Enlargement’ portfolio.
The other Commissioners-designate and their respective portfolios are as follows: Johannes Hahn, Austria, ‘Budget and Administration’; Didier Reynders, Belgium, ‘Justice’; Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria, ‘Innovation and Youth’; Stella Kyriakides, Cyprus, ‘Health’; Kadri Simson, Estonia, ‘Energy’; Jutta Urpilainen, Finland, ‘International Partnerships’; Sylvie Goulard, France, ‘Internal Market’; She will also be responsible for the new Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space; Phil Hogan, Ireland, ‘Trade’; Paolo Gentiloni, Italy, ‘Economy’; Virginijus Sinkevičius, Lithuania, ‘Environment and Oceans’; Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg, ‘Jobs’; Helena Dalli, Malta, ‘Equality’; Janusz Wojciechowski, Poland, ‘Agriculture’; Elisa Ferreira, Portugal, ‘Cohesion and Reforms’; Rovana Plumb, Romania, ‘Transport’; Janez Lenarčič, Slovenia, ‘Crisis Management’; Ylva Johansson, Sweden, ‘Home Affairs’.