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Von der Leyen begins on Tuesday the official interviews with the commissioners of the new Commission

August 26, 2019


The future president of the European Commission from November 1, Ursula Von der Leyen, will begin this Tuesday with formal interviews with the commissioner candidates of each of the member states after having had informal conversations with some of them during the Last weeks and until today.

This Monday ended the date that the German conservative team had unofficially marked the capitals to launch their proposals, although for now neither Italy, due to the political crisis in which the country is plunged, nor France have made public their candidates, although that of the latter country is expected throughout this Tuesday.

“The elected president and her team continue working towards November 1 (…) The sooner the candidates for commissioners know, the better,” said the spokeswoman for the community executive, Mina Andreeva.

The new Community Executive will start on November 1, but first candidates to occupy each of the police stations must receive the approval of the European Parliament after having defended their appointment in the relevant parliamentary committees of each portfolio.

Brussels, however, refuses to make public the list of candidates so far proposed by the Member States for now, saying that it is an “ongoing” process and because Von der Leyen will present the final list of commissioners and their respective wallets in a press conference.

In addition, the spokeswoman has warned that “not every candidate” who has been presented by her country “will eventually be part of the final team that the president intends to present in public,” suggesting that some of the candidates announced by their governments have been discarded. .

Although there is still no set date for the presentation of the final list, in Brussels it is estimated that it will occur in mid-September, before the hearings of each of them begin in the Eurocamera. Meanwhile, the German will begin on Tuesday the formal interviews with the candidates and will have the same informal contacts on Monday, according to community sources.

So far, the only confirmed apart from Von der Leyen are the Dutch, Frans Timmermans, and the Danish Margrethe Vestager, who will be vice-presidents of the future Commission, and the Spanish Josep Borrell, who will hold the position of head of European diplomacy, in under the agreement reached between the leaders at the June summit.

Belgium unveiled its candidate this weekend, who will finally be the Francophone liberal Didier Reynders, who is currently the country's acting Foreign Minister.

In the new Executive they will repeat, except surprise, politicians who occupied a police station in the outgoing Commission, such as the Latvian Valdis Dombrovskis, the Czech Vera Jourova or the Austrian Johannes Hahn.