/Von der Leyen reveals picks for European Commission

Von der Leyen reveals picks for European Commission

The current EU executive remains in office until the end of October but some governments have already announced their candidates for the next five-year term | Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Complete list of nominees from all EU27 countries.

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7/11/19, 4:47 PM CET

Updated 9/9/19, 2:10 PM CET

Ursula von der Leyen has picked her team.

The European Commission’s president-elect on Monday signed off on her list of nominees for the next Commission. She will announce their portfolios on Tuesday.

The new Commission is due to take office on November 1 but the nominees will only become commissioners if they are confirmed by the European Parliament.

Here’s the list of proposed commissioners, together with indications of their possible future portfolios based on POLITICO’s reporting.

Josep Borrell, Spain, Party of European Socialists (PES)
Current role: Spain’s minister for foreign affairs
Expected role in the new Commission: The European 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
Possible role in new Commission: Unclear.

Valdis Dombrovskis, Latvia, European People’s Party (EPP)
Current role: European Commission vice president for the euro and social dialogue
Possible role: Latvia is hoping to get a portfolio connected to finance and the economy, according to one official.

Elisa Ferreira, Portugal, formerly affiliated with PES
Current role: Vice governor of the Bank of Portugal, former minister, former MEP
Possible role: Portugal has expressed interest in the regional policy portfolio.

Mariya Gabriel, Bulgaria, EPP
Current role: European commissioner for digital economy and society
Possible role: 
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 commissioner with a real portfolio.” He also said he would be keen to keep the digital portfolio for Bulgaria.

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy, PES
Current role: Former prime minister who has also served as foreign minister
Possible role: Italian officials have expressed interest in an economic portfolio such as competition but Gentiloni lacks economic policy experience.

Sylvie Goulard, France, Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Current role: Deputy governor at the French central bank, former MEP
Possible role: France’s Europe minister has said the country is interested in the internal market portfolio.

Johannes Hahn, Austria, EPP
Current role: European commissioner for neighborhood policy and enlargement
Possible role: Officials have suggested Hahn may be in line for the budget portfolio.

Phil Hogan, Ireland, EPP
Current role: 
European commissioner for agriculture
Possible role: 
Hogan is the leading candidate to become trade commissioner.

Ylva Johansson, Sweden, PES
Current role: Sweden’s employment minister
Possible role: Unclear but Johansson has experience working on employment, education and welfare policy.

Věra Jourová, Czech Republic, ALDE
Current role: European commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality
Possible role: Jourová has been offered a portfolio focused on democracy issues, including the rule of law, disinformation, election meddling and hate speech. The job would likely also come with a vice presidential rank.

Stella Kyriakides, Cyprus, EPP
Current role: Member of Cyprus’ House of Representatives
Possible role: Kyriakides has a background in health, and could end up with a portfolio related to that area.

Janez Lenarčič, Slovenia, civil servant but set to work as part of ALDE
Current role: Ambassador of Slovenia to the EU
Possible role: Slovenia is interested in portfolios such as enlargement, regional policy, energy and trade, one official said.

Rovana Plumb, Romania, PES
Current role: MEP, former government minister
Possible role: Unclear.

Didier Reynders, Belgium, ALDE
Current role: Belgium’s deputy prime minister and foreign minister
Possible role: As a foreign minister and former finance minister, Reynders has experience on a range of policy issues, and according to one official he is currently considered a possible alternative to Jourová for the rule of law portfolio.

Margaritis Schinas, Greece, EPP
Current role: Until recently European Commission chief spokesperson
Possible role: Unclear.

Nicolas Schmit, Luxembourg, PES
Current role: MEP and former minister for labor, employment, and social economy
Possible role: Schmit has expressed interest in a social policy portfolio.

Maroš Šefčovič, Slovakia, PES
Current role: European Commission vice president in charge of the energy union
Possible role: Slovakia is hoping to get a vice president role with a “strong portfolio,” according to one official.

Kadri Simson, Estonia, ALDE
Current role: Served as Estonia’s minister of economic affairs from 2016 until 2019.
Possible role: Simson is considered a leading candidate for the energy portfolio.

Virginijus Sinkevičius, Lithuania. His Farmers and Greens Union forms part of the Greens/European Free Alliance group in the European Parliament, but is not a member of the umbrella political family, the European Green Party.
Current role: Lithuania’s minister of economy and innovation
Possible role: Sinkevičius told local media in early September that one possibility for him is a post focusing on environment, climate change and fighting pollution, but noted that no final decision has been made.

Dubravka Šuica, Croatia, EPP
Current role: Member of the European Parliament
Possible role: Unclear. Her knowledge of the western Balkans could make her a candidate for the neighborhood and enlargement post.

Frans Timmermans, Netherlands, PES
Current role: European Commission first vice president
Possible role: Timmermans is expected to retain the position of first vice president in the new Commission. His portfolio remains unclear, although officials have suggested that the senior vice president positions could be divided into two big overarching portfolios: one focusing on green issues, and the other on digital matters.

László Trócsányi, Hungary, not a party member but allied with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Current role: Trócsányi served as Hungary’s justice minister from 2014 until 2019 and is now a member of the European Parliament.
Possible role: Trócsányi told POLITICO he is interested in pursuing the European neighborhood 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.
Possible role: Finland is interested in finance, budget, research and innovation, external relations and development, according to one official.

Margrethe Vestager, Denmark, ALDE
Current role: European commissioner for competition
Possible role: Vestager is also expected to take a senior vice presidential post in the new Commission under a deal agreed by EU leaders. According to two officials, she could take the top digital role.

Ursula von der Leyen, Germany, EPP
Current role: Commission president-elect, previously German defense minister
Next role: Nominated by the European Council and confirmed by the European Parliament as the Commission’s next president.

Janusz Wojciechowski, Poland, former leader of the Polish Peasants’ Party, now allied with the ruling Law and Justice party, part of the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe.
Current role: A member of the European Court of Auditors. He has served as an MEP from the Law and Justice party list.
Possible role: According to Poland’s previous candidate, the country was offered the agriculture portfolio.

POLITICO reporters in Brussels and Paris contributed reporting.

This article has been updated.

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