Over the summer the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, set out priorities for the 2019-2024 Commission
A European Green Deal
An economy that works for people
A Europe fit for the digital age
Protecting our European way of life
A stronger Europe in the world
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