EC President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has Okayed on Monday the draft list of Commissioners-designate provided to her by the Council of the European Union. Rovana Plumb is Romania’s proposal, according to a EC press release.
Ursula von der Leyen’s approval comes following the interviews she held, over the past weeks, with each of the persons suggested by the Member States as candidates for Commissioner.
Proposed list of Commissioners-designate for the next Commission:
Austria: Johannes Hahn
Belgium: Didier Reynders
Bulgaria: Mariya Gabriel
Croatia: Dubravka Šuica
Cyprus: Stella Kyriakides
Czech Republic: Věra Jourová
Denmark: Margrethe Vestager
Estonia: Kadri Simson
Finland: Jutta Urpilainen
France: Sylvie Goulard
Greece: Margaritis Schinas
Hungary: László Trócsányi
Ireland: Phil Hogan
Italy: Paolo Gentiloni
Latvia: Valdis Dombrovskis
Lithuania: Virginijus Sinkevičius
Luxemburg: Nicolas Schmit
Malta: Helena Dalli
Netherlands: Frans Timmermans
Poland: Janusz Wojciechowski
Portugal: Elisa Ferreira
Romania: Rovana Plumb
Slovakia: Maroš Šefčovič
Slovenia: Janez Lenarčič
Sweden : Ylva Johansson
Josep Borrell (Spain) was designated High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy by the European Council in agreement with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.
The Council of the European Union must now adopt this list, in accordance with Article 17(7) of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), after which the list will be published in the Official Journal of the EU. Tomorrow President-elect von der Leyen will announce the distribution of portfolios and the way she intends to organise the work of the next European Commission.
The European Parliament must then give its consent to the entire College of Commissioners, including the President and the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission. This is preceded by hearings of the Commissioners-designate in the relevant parliamentary committees, in line with Rule 125 of the Parliament’s Rules of Procedure. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the European Council formally appoints the European Commission, in line with Article 17(7) TEU.
EurActiv.com had reported last week that the European Commission would have rejected the two proposals for the EU Commissioner position sent by Romania, namely Rovana Plumb and Dan Nica.
Romanian politicians from the Opposition and president Klaus Iohannis himself had warned that PM Dancila’s proposals, Rovana Plumb and Dan Nica, are not the right ones and that they will be rejected by the Commission.
Sources also reported that Romania will get the Transports portfolio.
PM Dancila congratulates Rovana Plumb, USR-PLUS criticises her
PM Viorica Dăncilă has congratulated Rovana Plumb on Facebook “for the nomination” as EC commissioner, although Plumb is just on the proposed list of Commissioners-designate for now.
Dăncilă argued that the fact that Ursula von der Leyen had accepted Romania’s proposal “is the proof and expression of confidence” the EC President-elect has “in Romania’s capacity”.
In her turn, Rovana Plumb has stated that the nomination is honouring her, but is also making her accountable as well.
“As politician and citizen who is part of the generation that has worked and is still working for the EU accession, a project that has not ended with our accession, I am very proud to be able to bring my contribution to the European construction”, Plumb said, while thanking PM Dancila, his contender, Dan Nica “for his fair play” and to Ursula von der Leyen.
On the other side, the delegation of USR-PLUS Alliance in the European Parliament, has announced it is opposing Rovana Plumb’s nomination for the EC Commissioner, arguing she will be vetoed in the EP committees over her integrity and legal problems.
“Romania’s Government led by Viorica Dăncilă, has ignored the clear political messages sent by the European partners, including by the Renew Europe group (which the third political force in the EP), and Rovana Plumb’s candidacy risk being rejected by the vote in the EP committees. This will be really harming for Romania, and not the entitled criticism voicing concerns on the integrity and competence of the candidate proposed by the Romanian Government”, reads a USR-PLUS press release.