The new European Commission – What we know so far…

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POLITICO presents how the new European Commission is shaping up.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia, European People’s Party (EPP)

Current role: The European Commission’s vice president for the euro and social dialogue

Expected role in the new Commission: Latvia is hoping to get a portfolio connected to finance and the economy, according to one official.

Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria, EPP

Current role: European commissioner for digital economy and society

Expected role in the new Commission: Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has said that he turned down the post of high representative for foreign policy for his country and wants a “a commissioner with a real portfolio.” He also said he would be keen to keep the digital portfolio for Bulgaria.

Johannes Hahn, Austria, EPP

Current role: European commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement
Austria’s interim Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein announced Thursday that she plans on nominating Hahn for another term as commissioner.

Phil Hogan, Ireland, EPP

Current role: European commissioner for agriculture

Expected role in the new Commission: Hogan could stay on as agriculture commissioner, but his name has also been floated as a possible trade commissioner.

Maroš Šefčovič, Slovakia, Party of European Socialists (PES)

Current role: European Commission vice president in charge of the energy union

Expected role in the new Commission: Slovakia is hoping to get a vice president role with a “strong portfolio,” according to one official.

Frans Timmermans, Netherlands, PES

Current role: European Commission first vice president

Expected role in the new Commission: While Timmermans’ party is not in power in his home country, the Netherlands is nevertheless expected to nominate him. He is likely to take the position of first vice president in the new Commission.

Margrethe Vestager, Denmark, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Current role: European commissioner for competition
Expected role in the new Commission: Vestager is also expected to take a senior post in the new Commission, under a deal agreed by the European Council of EU leaders.

Josep Borrell, Spain, PES

Current role: Spain’s minister for foreign affairs

Expected role in the new Commission: The Council has nominated Borrell as the next EU high representative overseeing foreign affairs and security policy.

Helena Dalli, Malta, PES

Current role: Malta’s minister for European affairs and equality

Expected role in the new Commission: It is uncertain what portfolio Dalli would take.

Stella Kyriakides, Cyprus, EPP

Current role: Member of Cyprus’ House of Representatives

Expected role: While is it unclear what portfolio Cyprus would receive, Kyriakides has a background in health and social affairs.

Janez Lenarčič, Slovenia, unaffiliated

Current role: Ambassador of Slovenia to the EU

Expected role: Slovenia is interested in portfolios such as enlargement, regional policy, energy, and trade, one official said.

Margaritis Schinas, Greece, EPP

Current role: European Commission chief spokesperson

Expected role: It remains unclear what portfolio Schinas, who has been involved with EU decision-making for nearly three decades, would take.

Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg, PES

Current role: Member of the European Parliament and former minister for labor, employment, and social economy. Luxembourg’s government is set to nominate Schmit as part of a coalition deal.

Expected role in the new Commission: Schmit has expressed interest in a social policy portfolio.

Kadri Simson, Estonia, ALDE

Current role: Simson served as Estonia’s minister of economic affairs from 2016 until 2019.

Expected role in the new Commission: It’s not certain what role Simson could receive, but in a letter to the Council, Prime Minister Jüri Ratas highlighted her expertise in energy, transport and the internal market.

Krzysztof Szczerski, Poland, Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe

Current role: Chief of staff to Polish President Andrzej Duda

Expected role in the new Commission: Poland is interested in an economic or infrastructure-related portfolio, according to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

László Trócsányi, Hungary, EPP

Current role: Trócsányi served as Hungary’s justice minister from 2014 until 2019 and is now a member of the European Parliament.

Expected role in the new Commission: Trócsányi told POLITICO that he is interested in pursuing the European neighbourhood policy and enlargement portfolio, or international cooperation and development.

Jutta Urpilainen, Finland, PES

Current role: A member of Finland’s parliament, Urpilainen served as the country’s finance minister from 2011 until 2014.

Expected role in the new Commission: While it remains unclear what position Finland would get, Urpilainen’s experience could lead to a finance-oriented portfolio.

Ursula von der Leyen, Germany, EPP

Current role: German defense minister

Expected role in the new Commission: The Council nominated von der Leyen to become the next president of the European Commission

Věra Jourová, Czech Republic, ALDE

Current role: European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality
Jourová is hoping to stay at the Berlaymont, but much depends on a brewing domestic political crisis in Prague.

Pedro Marques, Portugal, PES

Current role: Member of the European Parliament and former minister
Portugal’s government is hoping to nominate Marques and is eyeing the regional development portfolio.

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