Formation of Juncker Commission advances
President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has sent the list of Commissioners-designate to Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi in his capacity as President of the Council of the European Union. This follows a series of interviews President-elect Juncker held with each of the candidates for Commissioner, over the past few days, and the proposal for appointment, on 30 August, of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The Council of the European Union must now agree to this list, in accordance with Article 17(7) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), after which the list will be published in the Official Journal of the EU (the EU's Statute Book). Thereafter, President-elect Juncker intends to announce the distribution of portfolios and the way he intends to organise the work of the next European Commission. This is not expected until mid-next week.
In a next step, the European Parliament has to give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High-Representative Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. This is preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees, in line with Rule 118 of the Parliament's Rules of Procedure. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission, in line with Article 17(7) TEU.
Proposed list of Commissioners-designate for the next Commission, in alphabetical order:
Vytenis ANDRIUKAITIS (Lithuania)
Andrus ANSIP (Estonia)
Miguel ARIAS CAÑETE (Spain)
Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS (Greece)
Elżbieta BIEŃKOWSKA (Poland)
Alenka BRATUŠEK (Slovenia)
Corina CREŢU (Romania)
Valdis DOMBROVSKIS (Latvia)
Kristalina GEORGIEVA (Bulgaria)
Johannes HAHN (Austria)
Jonathan HILL (United Kingdom)
Phil HOGAN (Ireland)
Vĕra JOUROVÁ (Czech Republic)
Jyrki KATAINEN (Finland)
Cecilia MALMSTRÖM (Sweden)
Neven MIMICA (Croatia)
Carlos MOEDAS (Portugal)
Pierre MOSCOVICI (France)
Tibor NAVRACSICS (Hungary)
Günther OETTINGER (Germany)
Maroš ŠEFČOVIČ (Slovakia)
Christos STYLIANIDES (Cyprus)
Marianne THYSSEN (Belgium)
Frans TIMMERMANS (Netherlands)
Karmenu VELLA (Malta)
Margrethe VESTAGER (Denmark)
In addition to: Federica MOGHERINI (Italy), appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy by the European Council in agreement with President-elect Juncker.
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Following an EU-wide election campaign, Jean-Claude Juncker was proposed as candidate for President of the European Commission by the European Council on 27 June 2014. On the basis of the Political Guidelines he set out before the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker was elected to become next President of the European Commission by a strong majority of 422 votes in the European Parliament plenary session of 15 July 2014.
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