Last to pick, but not least. Belgium has put forward centre-right MEP Marianne Thyssen as its choice for European Commissioner in the new group that will be led by president-elect Jean Claude Juncker.
Nine female commissioners have been chosen by their respective countries. It is the same number of female commissioners that served under José Manuel Barroso.
“I’m very pleased that thanks to the close work between Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Parliament, more women are being sent to the European Commission than the Member States had originally planned,” German Greens MEP Rebecca Harms told euronews.
Italy’s Federica Mogherini, who will be High Rep for Foreign Affairs, is the only Commissioner with a confirmed portfolio. Other countries with female Commissioners include Bulgaria, Denmark, Poland and Romania.
“There’s the audacity of the decision being made here in Brussels during the last legislative session that women should make up forty percent on the boards of big companies. While in politics, where for a long time, women have been able to do everything just as well as men, they should remain marginalised,” added Harms.
Juncker had repeatedly called for more women to be chosen as their country’s EU Commissioner.