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EU update – UEIL Newsletter December 2019


At a plenary vote held in Strasbourg on 27 November 2019, the European Parliament approved the next European Commission. The new European Commission, i.e. the College of Commissioners led by Ursula von der Leyen, took office on 1 December 2019. On the same date, Charles Michel started his mandate as the President of the European Council. As a reminder, David Sassoli has been the President of the European Parliament since July 2019.

Please find below the full list of the College of Commissioners:

European Commission 2019-2024

  • President: Ursula von der Leyen (Germany)
  • Three Executive Vice-Presidents:
    • “European Green Deal” & climate action policy: Frans Timmermans (Netherlands)
    • “Europe fit for the digital age” & Competition: Margrethe Vestager (Denmark)
    • “Economy that Works for People” & Financial services: Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia)
  • Five Vice-Presidents, responsible for top priorities in the Political Guidelines:
    • Foreign Policy and Security Policy: Josep Borrell (Spain)
    • Values and Transparency: Věra Jourová (Czech Republic)
    • Promoting the European Way of Life: Margaritis Schinas (Greece)
    • Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight: Maroš Šefčovič (Slovakia)
    • Democracy and Demography: Dubravka Šuica (Croatia)
  • 18 Commissioners:
    • Budget and Administration: Johannes Hahn (Austria)
    • Justice & Rule of Law: Didier Reynders (Belgium)
    • Innovation and Youth: Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria)
    • Health: Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus)
    • Energy: Kadri Simson (Estonia)
    • International Partnerships: Jutta Urpilainen (Finland)
    • Internal Market, Defence Industry and Space: Thierry Breton (France)
    • Neighbourhood and Enlargement: Olivér Várhelyi (Hungary)
    • Trade: Phil Hogan (Ireland)
    • Economy: Paolo Gentiloni (Italy)
    • Environment, Oceans and Fisheries: Virginijus Sinkevičius (Lithuania)
    • Jobs: Nicolas Schmit (Luxembourg)
    • Equality: Helena Dalli (Malta)
    • Agriculture: Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland)
    • Cohesion and Reforms: Elisa Ferreira (Portugal)
    • Transport: Adina Vălean (Romania)
    • Crisis Management: Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia)
    • Home Affairs: Ylva Johansson (Sweden)

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