What awaits the new EU leadership?

By Manola De Vos 29 September 2014

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his executive team at a news conference in Brussels. Photo by: European Commission

The EU’s new troika of leaders has emerged after months of intense negotiations between member states.

Donald Tusk, the prime minister of Poland, has been elected to succeed Herman van Rompuy as president of the European Council. Jean-Claude Juncker, Luxembourg’s former prime minister, has been designated as the European Commission’s next president. And Federica Mogherini, Italy’s recently appointed foreign minister, has been chosen to become the next high representative for foreign affairs and security policy.

Marking the culmination of the European game of musical chairs, Juncker announced in early September the 27 nominees that are set to become the new faces of the European Commission. Among these are Croatian Neven Mimica, who was nominated to replace Andris Piebalgs as the international cooperation and development commissioner, and Cypriot Christos Stylianides, who is expected to take over the humanitarian portfolio from Kristalina Georgieva.

Hearings to confirm their nominations will start Sept. 29, with final votes expected by the end of October.

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Manola De Vos

Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.


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