EU NEWS

Over the summer the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, set out priorities for the 2019-2024 Commission

  1.  A European Green Deal

  2. An economy that works for people

  3. A Europe fit for the digital age

  4. Protecting our European way of life

  5. A stronger Europe in the world

  6. European democracy.

 She has also now unveiled the portfolios of the European Commissioner candidates (10 September 2019).  There is little that is new, but several portfolios continue to be relevant to the work of the ECV

  • Stella Kyriakides (Cyprus) will be the new European Commissioner for Health

    She has been asked to focus on the effective implementation of the Medical Devices Regulation to protect patients and ensure it addresses new and emerging challenges and to make the most of the potential of e-health to provide high-quality healthcare and reduce inequalities

  • Nicholas Schmitt (Luxemburg) will be the European Commissioner for Jobs

    He will lead the work on implementing and updating the European Commission’s skills agenda, focusing on identifying and filling skills shortages and supporting reskilling

  • Mariya Gabriel (Bulgaria) will be European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth

    Education and digital skills will be part of her portfolio, in addition to the European research agenda. She will also be responsible for promoting excellence and networking among universities 

  • Sylvie Goulard (France) will be the new European Commissioner for Industrial Policy and the Digital Single Market

    This will also include working on a coordinated European approach on Artificial Intelligence and helping SME scale up and expand including through better access to finance and appointing an SME Envoy

  • Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) will continue to be responsible for the Competition portfolio. She will also be Executive Vice-President-designate for a Europe fit for the Digital Age, co-leading the work on a new SME strategy with Sylvie Goulard.

    In this role she will review European competition rules, including antitrust regulations, merger control, and  State aid rules and guidance.

 Before the new Commissioners can take office

  • the European Parliament will hold public hearings to assess their suitability (later this month/early October)

  • the Parliament will then vote on the full College of Commissioners (end October)

  • the new Commission will take office on 1 November 2019 for a five term.

 With very many thanks to ECOO colleagues for supplying the above information. Any errors however are ours 

Stella Kyriakidou - EU Health Commissioner designate. A psychologist by profession (qualified UK to masters level), she worked the Cyprus Ministry of Health in the department of Child and Adolescent psychiatry from 1976 and 2006 for. In 1999 she was appointed president of the First Breast Cancer Movement in Cyprus and President of the National Committee on Cancer Strategy in 2016. She was elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives (Nicosia District) for the conservative  Democratic Rally  in 2006.

Stella Kyriakidou - EU Health Commissioner designate. A psychologist by profession (qualified UK to masters level), she worked the Cyprus Ministry of Health in the department of Child and Adolescent psychiatry from 1976 and 2006 for. In 1999 she was appointed president of the First Breast Cancer Movement in Cyprus and President of the National Committee on Cancer Strategy in 2016. She was elected to the Cyprus House of Representatives (Nicosia District) for the conservative Democratic Rally in 2006.