Last week, the next European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled his new team of 27 Commissioners and their portfolios. Juncker presented a strong line-up with many new faces including former Prime Ministers, experienced Ministers and nine female Commissioners, aligned to his promise #10ormore. In light of this, we take a closer look at the allocation of portfolios and the fact that their changed responsibilities offer some surprises that will lead to tough discussions with the European Parliament. Some highlights include the inclusion of Internal Market within Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs, and Justice within Consumers & Gender Equality. On top of these, more light is shed on the changes in Financial Services, Competition, Climate Change & Energy, Environment, Maritime & Fisheries as well as the DG overhaul supporting Juncker’s move to tackle issues related to the digital economy in one place. We further investigate the striking new structure of this new team and the likely next steps to get the Commission confirmed. For more information and the full analysis, read here.
Arne Koeppel is Head of Research at FTI Consulting Brussels.