Ursula von der Leyen, President-elect of the European Commission, has announced that Rovana Plumb, nominated by Romania as European Commissioner, will take charge of the Transport portfolio.
“Rovana Plumb is a Member of the European Parliament (Vice President of the Socialists and Democrats Group) and a former national-level Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Minister of Labour, Minister of European Funds, Minister of Education and Minister of Transport. She will be in charge of the Transport portfolio,” reads the European Commission President’s announcement.
“This team will shape the European way: we will take bold action against climate change, build our partnership with the United States, define our relations with a more self-assertive China and be a reliable neighbour, for example to Africa. This team will have to stand up for our values and world-class standards. I want a Commission that is led with determination, that is clearly focused on the issues at hand and that provides answers. I want it to be a well-balanced, agile and modern Commission. This team will now have to gain the Parliament’s confidence. My Commission will be a geopolitical Commission committed to sustainable policies, and I want the European Union to be the guardian of multilateralism, because we know that we are stronger by doing together what we cannot do alone,” Ursula von der Leyen added.
The new College will have eight Vice Presidents, including the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy (Josep Borrell). The Vice Presidents are responsible for the top priorities in the political guidelines. They will steer our work on the most important overarching issues, such as the European Green Deal, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people, protecting our European way of life, a stronger Europe in the world and a new push for European democracy. The Commissioners are at the centre of the structure of the new College. They will manage the expertise provided by the Directorates General.
Three Executive Vice Presidents will have a double function. They will be both Vice President responsible for one of three core topics of the President-elect’s agenda and Commissioners.
Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) will coordinate the work on the European Green Deal. At the same time, he will also manage climate action policy, supported by the Directorate-General for Climate Action.
The Council of the EU approved on Tuesday the list of persons nominated as European Commissioners, Rovana Plumb being nominated by Romania, according to a European Council press release.
“The Council today adopted the list of persons whom it proposes for appointment as members of the Commission until 31 October 2024. Under Article 17(7) of the Treaty on European Union, the list is adopted by the Council by common accord with the President-elect of the Commission. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen gave her agreement to the draft list of Commissioners-designate yesterday (Monday – editor’s note),” reads the press release published on the EU Council’s website on Tuesday.