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Virginijus Sinkevičius nominated as EU Environment Commissioner


Designated Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
Photo: Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Lithuania
10.09.2019 − 

The President-elect of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen has introduced her future team and the new structure of the EU executive. The Environment and Oceans portfolio is slated to go to Virginijus Sinkevičius, the former Lithuanian Minister of Economy and Innovation. His responsibilities are to include the new action plan for the circular economy, which will also be incorporated into the EU's forthcoming industrial strategy. If approved by the European Parliament, he would be the youngest EU Commissioner to date at 28 years of age.

Frans Timmermans, the current First Vice-President of the European Commission, will coordinate the work on the European "Green Deal" in the coming term as Executive Vice-President and will lead climate policy with the support of the competent Directorate-General.

Now that the Commissioners have been named by the member states and assigned roles by the president-elect, the European Parliament will be given the opportunity to weigh in. Before it votes on whether to approve the EU Commission as a whole, hearings with the designated members will take place in the relevant parliamentary committees. Once Parliament has given its assent, the new Commission is formally appointed by the European Council by qualified majority. The term of office of the new European Commission will begin on 1 November.

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