Von der Leyen to request both men and women Commissioner candidates for a balanced College

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By Irene Kostaki-Journalist, New Europe

The president-designate of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has revealed that if she is elected she intends to ask each EU leader to come with two nominations to the table, a man and a woman for Commissioner candidates, in order to form a fully gender-equal college.

“I want a Commission with half male and half female commissioners,” von der Leyen said during a meeting in Brussels with the liberal parliamentary group of the Renew Europe”.

The current European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker has 19 Commissioners against only nine female Commissioners. In 2014, when the College was formed, the President of the Community Executive, who at that time also wanted 14 Commissioners, had to apply pressure to the member states to present female candidates, succeeding mostly with the smaller countries.

Von der Leyen also said that she would have two First Vice Presidents – Dutch Socialist Frans Timmermans and the Danish Liberal Margrethe Vestager – after pressure from the group, as both were the “top candidates”, or Spitzenkandidaten, of the European Socialists and the Liberals to the presidency of the European Commission.

 

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