Ursula von der Leyen, the new head of the European Commission, appoints her team of 26 colleagues, including 12 women
- Urusla von der Leyen was appointed successor to Jean-Claude Juncker in July
- Today she has appointed 26 people for the Commission, one from each country
- UK does not appoint a representative because it expects to leave the block next month
Incoming Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has appointed her 26 fellow Commissioners for the next five years.
The line-up consists of 13 women, including Ms von der Leyen, making it the most gender-balanced Commission in the history of the EU.
The former German defense minister was appointed chief executive officer, replacing Jean-Claude Juncker, after secret negotiations in July and will take office in November.
There is one commissioner for each Member State, but the UK does not appoint one because it is preparing to leave the block on 31 October.
Incoming Head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen (photo) has appointed her 26 fellow Commissioners for the next five years
The Spanish Josep Borrell has been named the new EU supremo for foreign affairs, replacing Federica Mogherini, but the other roles have not yet been designated.
However, French media have reported that the French nominee Sylvie Goulard is likely to receive the EU portfolio for the internal market.
Goulard was a member of a legal team at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs that worked on German reunification in 1989.
A French official said on July 17 that France had an eye for a & # 39; strong economic portfolio & # 39; in the new committee, such as trade or monitoring climate and energy policies.
Also nominated is Frans Timmermans, a Dutch member of the European Parliament who was earlier this year in the work of Mrs. von der Leyen.
The European Parliament will have to confirm the final position before the 27 new Commissioners take office with Mrs von der Leyen on 1 November.
The nominations & # 39; follow a series of formal interviews that President-Elect von der Leyen has conducted in recent weeks with each of the candidates proposed by the Member States as candidates for the Commissioner & # 39; said a statement.
Julian King is the current representative of Great Britain in the Commission, but he will not be replaced.
Mrs. von der Leyen was confirmed as Jean-Claude Juncker's successor as president after she came home with nine votes in July.
The German nominee won the vote with 383 against 327 and needed the support of 374 members for an absolute majority.
Mrs von der Leyen has previously spoken about her wish to become a & # 39; United States of Europe & # 39; and was deceived by members of the Brexit party.
Former German Defense Minister Ms von der Leyen (left) was named top job, replacing Jean-Claude Juncker (right), after secret negotiations in July
The German Minister of Defense, ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been described as & # 39; the soloist & # 39; for her single style.
With allies, including French President Macron, she emerged as the unexpected choice to lead the Commission after all leading candidates in the European Parliament elections in May were rejected by EU heads of government.
She tripped the narrow-mindedness of her victory by insisting that a & # 39; majority is a majority & # 39; and acknowledged that some members had opposed the appointment process.
But in a sign of the difficulties she will encounter, she received an immediate reprimand from Nigel Farage, who said that the limited result meant she & # 39; power but not legitimacy & # 39; had.
Juncker got the job in 2014 as a main candidate or & # 39; Spitzenkandidat & # 39; of the center-right block in the elections of that year.
The system was intended to give the head of the Commission democratic legitimacy, but none of the key candidates this year received the support of EU leaders.
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