ADVERTISEMENT

Juncker seeks 'political' European Commission

Juncker seeks 'political' European Commission
Copyright 
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
ADVERTISEMENT

Incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says he wants the EU executive to be “very political.”

Juncker’s line-up included some surprises after weeks of speculation in Brussels.

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.

“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.”

Former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici was named as the new economics czar on the day France announced it would miss EU spending targets.

“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.

Britain’s Jonathan Hill lands the financial services portfolio.

It’s a victory for a country worried about EU regulation hurting the City of London.

“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.

Juncker’s team of 27 commissioners will now need to be approved by the European Parliament.

They’ll each have to take part in hearings with MEPs, who can block appointments they disagree with.

If confirmed, the next EU executive will take over on the first of November.

EU Commission members by Country

Full list of the EU Commission members

President of the European Commission


Jean-Claude Juncker(Luxembourg)### Commissioners-designate


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

Vice-Presidents


Kristalina Georgieva(Bulgaria)
Budget & Human Resources


Andrus Ansip(Estonia)
Digital Single Market


Alenka Bratušek(Slovenia)
Energy Union

ADVERTISEMENT


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

ADVERTISEMENT


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

ADVERTISEMENT


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

ADVERTISEMENT


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

ADVERTISEMENT


Margrethe Vestager(Denmark)
Competition


Carlos Moedas(Portugal)
Research Science and Innovation

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Live: New European commissioners face policy grilling by MEPs

EU foreign ministers approve reactivation of border mission at Rafah

Nicola Procaccini: Reformist group seeking balance of power shift in EU parliament