Preparatory work for a new european commission

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This page is intended to gather the preparatory works for the campaign before the nomination of a new European Commission.

2014 - 2019 Commission

Description of the candidates commissioners

Cecilia Malmström

  • Nationality: Swedish
  • Political Groupe: ALDE
  • Portfolio: Trade
  • Responsible or associated committees: INTA - Committee on International Trade (RC)
  • Focus points on the mission letter:
    • Continuing to engage fully in the World Trade Organisation and multilateral trade processes. The EU must continue to champion global and multilateral action in this field and push the post-Bali work programme and multilateral negotiations forward.
    • Working towards a reasonable and balanced Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership with the United States of America, which neither threatens Europe’s safety, health, social and data protection standards, nor jeopardises our cultural diversity. I will ask you to enhance transparency towards citizens and the European Parliament during all steps of the negotiations. Our aim must be to conclude the negotiations on a reciprocal and mutually beneficial basis.
    • Taking forward the various bilateral and regional negotiations which have been launched and considering whether new negotiations should be launched.
    • Developing, in close cooperation with the Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, a strong foreign direct investment policy.
    • Taking stock of the use of our trade defence instruments so that we can decide on the best way forward.
    • Working closely with the High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President, the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development and the Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs to strengthen the EU’s strategic partnership with Africa.

Günther Oettinger =

  • Nationality: German
  • Political Group: EPP
  • Portfolio: Digital Economy and Society
  • Responsible or associated committees:
    • ITRE Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (RC)
    • CULT Committee on Culture and Education (RC)
    • IMCO Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (AC)
    • JURI Committee on Legal Affairs (AC)
    • LIBE Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (AC)
  • Focus point on themission letter:
    • Preparing, as part of the project team steered and coordinated by the Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, ambitious legislative steps towards a connected Digital Single Market. You should be ready to present these within the first six months, and they should be based on a clear assessment of the main obstacles still to be removed through EU action, either by implementing existing policies or proposing new measures. More ambition should be added to the ongoing reform of our telecoms rules. A harmonised approach to radio spectrum between Member States should be developed. Copyright rules should be modernised, during the first part of this mandate, in the light of the digital revolution, new consumer behaviour and Europe’s cultural diversity.
    • Contributing, as part of the project team steered and coordinated by the Vice-President for jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, to the jobs, growth and investment package to be presented within the first three months of our mandate. I would like you to be very hands-on in terms of working with Member States to bring about the conditions necessary for investment decisions and ensure that the EU can be a catalyst for public and private investment. You should focus on supporting the deployment of a high-quality, digital network infrastructure, underpinning all sectors of the economy across borders, progressively on a continental scale.
    • Supporting the development of creative industries and of a successful European media and content industry able to reach out to new audiences, adapt to the digital era and thrive in the connected Digital Single Market.
    • Supporting, in close cooperation with the first Vice-President, in charge of Better Regulation,

Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights, freedom of expression, freedom of information, freedom and pluralism of the media, the openness of the internet and cultural and linguistic diversity.

    • Contributing to activities that turn digital research into successful European innovation stories, encouraging entrepreneurship and providing a framework that drives start-ups, the take-up of

new businesses and job-creation. The Commission needs to play its role in ensuring that promising new developments such as the cloud, the Internet of Things and big data can thrive in Europe and that citizens, innovative web entrepreneurs and other businesses can take full advantage of their potential.