European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker announced his incoming College of Commissioners this week. More details are available in this news release. Juncker, who served as prime minister of Luxembourg from 1995 to 2013, takes office Nov. 1.
Cecilia Malmstrom of Sweden has been appointed trade commissioner, replacing Karel De Gucht of Belgium. Malmstrom previously served as commissioner of home affairs, where she had responsibility for such issues as migration, asylum and internal security. Reaction to Malmstrom’s appointment and its possible impact on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations were discussed in a Sept. 10 feature in the New York Times.
Vytenis Andriukaitis of Lithuania will serve as commissioner of health and food safety. He previously served as Lithuania’s minister of health. Phil Hogan of Ireland will serve as commissioner of agriculture and rural development. Hogan was Ireland’s minister for the environment, community and local government from 2011 until July of this year.