European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen announces new team and Commission structure
On September 10, 2019, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented the new structure of her college of commissioners and the distribution of portfolios to her commissioners-designate, still to be vetted by the European Parliament. The college has been revamped to focus more on policy themes rather than mirroring the directorate-generals, the administrative divisions within the Commission.
Josep Borrell (Spain), the designate for high-representative of the union for foreign policy and security policy will also be in charge of ‘a stronger Europe in the world’ as one of the eight vice-presidents. Three executive vice-presidents will hold dual roles as commissioners in addition to their responsibilities to the core topics of the president-elect’s agenda, including the European Green Deal, making ‘Europe fit for the digital age’, and creating an ‘economy that works for the people’.
Other commissioners-designate include:
- Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) - Innovation and youth (including research and development)
- Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) - Health
- Jutta Urpilainen (Finland) - International partnerships (including development cooperation)
- László Trócsányi (Hungary) - Neighborhood and enlargement
- Janusz Wojciechowski (Poland) - Agriculture
Commissioners-designate will next participate in hearings in relevant parliamentary committees. The European Parliament must then give its consent to the entire college, including the president and the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Finally, the European Council (made up of heads of government of EU member states) will formally appoint the European Commission. The new Commission’s mandate will begin November 1, 2019.
Press release - European Commission