Juncker seeks 'political' European Commission

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Juncker seeks 'political' European Commission

<p>Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says he wants the EU executive to be “very political.”</p> <p>Juncker’s line-up included some surprises after weeks of speculation in Brussels.</p> <p>The former Luxembourg premier said political experience was paramount to become a commissioner, so that’s why he has named a number of ex-prime ministers on his team.</p> <p>“I wanted former leaders, ex-ministers who know the job, who know the Council, the Parliament, who know about public opinion. This will be a very political Commission.”</p> <p>Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici was named as the new economics czar on the day France announced it would miss EU spending targets.</p> <p>“I know Mr. Moscovici very well. We were on the Eurogroup together and he knows Europe well, good knowledge of France. He’ll have a lot of work in France with regards to France,” said Juncker.</p> <p>Britain’s Jonathan Hill lands the financial services portfolio.</p> <p>It’s a victory for a country worried about EU regulation hurting the City of London.</p> <p>“I think he is the man for the job. What’s more I wanted to give the UK an important position, as I didn’t want to seen to be settling scores with Britain over the inelegant way the British PM opposed my appointment at the head of the Commission,” Juncker added.</p> <p>Juncker’s team of 27 commissioners will now need to be approved by the European Parliament.</p> <p>They’ll each have to take part in hearings with <span class="caps">MEP</span>s, who can block appointments they disagree with.</p> <p>If confirmed, the next EU executive will take over on the first of November.</p> <p><h3>EU Commission members by Country</h3><br /> <iframe src="https://mapsengine.google.com/map/embed?mid=zjgqqVT8mTC4.kpwrL3Ns3rOM" width="606" height="480"></iframe></p> <p><h3>Full list of the EU Commission members</h3><br /> <h3>President of the European Commission</h3><br /> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/300x200_jc-juncker-ep-plenary-session-05.jpg"><br /> <strong>Jean-Claude Juncker</strong> <em>(Luxembourg)</em></p> <p><h3>Commissioners-designate</h3></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:250px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img style="padding-right:160px;" src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_frans-timmermans.jpg"> <br> *Frans Timmermans* _(The Netherlands)_ <br> First Vice-President <br> Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img style="padding-right:160px;" src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_federica-mogherini.jpg"> <br> *Federica Mogherini* _(Italy)_ <br> High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission </div> </div></p> <p><h4>Vice-Presidents</h4></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_kristalina-georgieva.jpg"> <br> *Kristalina Georgieva* _(Bulgaria)_ <br> Budget & Human Resources </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_andrus-ansip.jpg"> <br> *Andrus Ansip* _(Estonia)_ <br> Digital Single Market </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_alenka-bratusek.jpg"> <br> *Alenka Bratušek* _(Slovenia)_ <br> Energy Union </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_valdis-dombrovskis.jpg"/> <br> *Valdis Dombrovskis* _(Latvia)_ <br> Euro & Social Dialogue </div> </div></p> <p><div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_jyrki-katainen.jpg"> <br> *Jyrki Katainen* _(Finland)_ <br> Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness </div></p> <p><div class="clear"></div></p> <p><h4>Members of the Commission</h4></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_maros-sefcovic.jpg"> <br> *Maroš Šefčovič* _(Slovakia)_ <br> Transport & Space </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_gunther-oettinger.jpg"> <br> *Günther Oettinger* _(Germany)_ <br> Digital Economy & Society </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_johannes-hahn.jpg"> <br> *Johannes Hahn* _(Austria)_ <br> European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_cecilia-malmstrom.jpg"> <br> *Cecilia Malmström* _(Sweden)_ <br> Trade </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_neven-mimica.jpg"> <br> *Neven Mimica* _(Croatia)_ <br> International Cooperation & Development </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_miguel-arias-canete.jpg"> <br> *Miguel Arias Cañete* _(Spain)_ <br> Climate Action & Energy </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_karmenu-vella.jpg"> <br> *Karmenu Vella* _(Malta)_ <br> Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_vytenis-andriukaitis.jpg"> <br> *Vytenis Andriukaitis* _(Lithuania)_ <br> Health & Food Safety </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_dimitris-avramopoulos.jpg"> <br> *Dimitris Avramopoulos* _(Greece)_ <br> Migration & Home Affairs </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_marianne-thyssen.jpg"> <br> *Marianne Thyssen* _(Belgium)_ <br> Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_pierre-moscovici.jpg"> <br> *Pierre Moscovici* _(France)_ <br> Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_christos-stylianides.jpg"> <br> *Christos Stylianides* _(Cyprus)_ <br> Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management </div> </div></p> <p><div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_phil-hogan.jpg"> <br> *Phil Hogan* _(Ireland)_ <br> Agriculture & Rural Development </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_jonathan-hill.jpg"> <br> *Jonathan Hill* _(United Kingdom)_ <br> Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union </div> </div></p> <div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_elzbieta-bienkowska.jpg"> <br> *Elżbieta Bieńkowska* _(Poland)_ <br> Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs </div> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_vera-jourova.jpg"> <br> *Vĕra Jourová Justice* _(Czech Republic)_ <br> Consumers and Gender Equality </div> </div></p> <p> <div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_tibor-navracsics.jpg"> <br> *Tibor Navracsics* _(Hungary)_ <br> Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship </div></p> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_corina-cretu.jpg"> <br> *Corina Creţu* _(Romania)_ <br> Regional Policy </div> </div></p> <div style="margin-bottom:20px; height:200px;"> <div style="width:290px; float:left; margin-right:16px;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_margrethe-vestager.jpg"> <br> *Margrethe Vestager* _(Denmark)_ <br> Competition </div> <p><div style="width:300px; float:left;"> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/280404/140x140_carlos-moedas.jpg"> <br> *Carlos Moedas* _(Portugal)_ <br> Research Science and Innovation </div> </div></p>