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New EU Commission gives key economic posts to France, Britain

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New EU Commission gives key economic posts to France, Britain


Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, handed key economic and financial responsibilities to French and British members of a restructured, 28-strong team he unveiled on Wednesday.

French Socialist Former finance minister Pierre Moscovici takes the key portfolio of economic and monetary policy, though he will be supervised by former Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen and former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis.

British Conservative Jonathan Hill takes a revamped portfolio entitled Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union – something the London government, outside the euro zone, had been pitching hard for. He will be in charge of relations with, among others, the European Banking Authority.

Danish liberal Margrethe Vestager will be in charge of the powerful competition portfolio that gives the EU a big say in the expansion or merger plans of the world’s biggest companies, while former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek will oversee the EU’s plan to create an energy union.

Sweden’s Cecilia Malmstrom will have the task of negotiating the world’s biggest trade agreement between the United States and Europe. Miguel Arias Caneta of Spain will be energy and climate change commissioner, though former Slovenian former premier Alenka Bratusek will have the more senior post of vice-president overseeing the development of an energy union.

Germany’s Guenther Oettinger will have responsibility for the digital economy, a portfolio including the overhaul of the EU telecoms market. Elzbieta Bienkowska of Poland takes the role of commissioner for the internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and small business.

The new Commission is due to take office on Nov. 1, subject to its confirmation by the European Parliament.

EU Commission members by Country

Full list of the EU Commission members

President of the European Commission

Jean-Claude Juncker (Luxembourg)


Frans Timmermans (The Netherlands)

First Vice-President

Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights

Federica Mogherini (Italy)

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission


Kristalina Georgieva (Bulgaria) Budget & Human Resources

Andrus Ansip (Estonia) Digital Single Market

Alenka Bratušek (Slovenia) Energy Union

Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia) Euro & Social Dialogue

Jyrki Katainen (Finland) Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness

Members of the Commission

Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia) Transport & Space

Günther Oettinger (Germany) Digital Economy & Society

Johannes Hahn (Austria) European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations

Cecilia Malmström (Sweden) Trade

Neven Mimica (Croatia) International Cooperation & Development

Miguel Arias Cañete (Spain) Climate Action & Energy

Karmenu Vella (Malta) Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Vytenis Andriukaitis (Lithuania) Health & Food Safety

Dimitris Avramopoulos (Greece) Migration & Home Affairs

Marianne Thyssen (Belgium) Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

Pierre Moscovici (France) Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs

Christos Stylianides (Cyprus) Humanitarian Aid & Crisis Management

Phil Hogan (Ireland) Agriculture & Rural Development

Jonathan Hill (United Kingdom) Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union

Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Poland) Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Vĕra Jourová Justice (Czech Republic) Consumers and Gender Equality

Tibor Navracsics (Hungary) Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship

Corina Creţu (Romania) Regional Policy

Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) Competition

Carlos Moedas (Portugal) Research Science and Innovation

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