This weekend the new European Commission should have been working under the leadership of the new President Ursula von der Leyen, but for the time being the current committee of Jean-Claude Juncker is still observing the situation. The start date of the new EU Commission has been postponed from 1 November to 1 December, and may have to be postponed again since not all 27 or 28 Commissioners are known yet. And so there is also no approval from the European Parliament for the European Commission.
It is not yet definitively known from three countries who will be the new European Commissioner. The Romanian, French and Hungarian candidates were previously rejected in the European Parliament. Von der Leyen has already accepted two new candidates: the French politician Thierry Breton and the Hungarian EU ambassador Oliver Varhelyi.
The two newcomers are now preparing for their hearing. That will certainly take two weeks. The full Commission must then be approved in Strasbourg in the last week of November. A candidate Commissioner from Romania is still awaiting a domestic political impasse. The country currently has a resigning minority government. Only next week will it become clear whether the new Orban government will gain confidence in the Romanian parliament. In addition, there are presidential elections next week.
At the same time Von der Leyen was sentenced to the waiting room. If the Orban government gains confidence in the Romanian parliament next week, a new name can come quickly. The names of Adina Valean and Siegfried Muresan, both MEPs, have been circulating for some time.
If the new Romanian government fails, the postponement threatens to take a considerably longer time and the launch of the Commission on 1 December is excluded. Then it will be z & #8217; n at the earliest in January 2020. In that case a new problem will arise: whether or not a British Commissioner.
As long as the British are in the European Union, they must also be represented in the EU institutions. Now that the deadline for the Brexit has been extended to 31 January 2020, London will be asked to nominate a candidate for the Von der Leyen Commission. This means that the anti-EU politician Boris Johnson must appoint a new British EU commissioner in his election campaign before 12 December.
Preparations are already being made in the European Parliament for the interrogation of the French candidate Thierry Breton. The new rules require that the legal committee first screen the candidates for their financial interests and thereby look for possible conflicts of interest. Only then does the oral interview take place before the competent parliamentary committees.
Breton, who is CEO of technology company Atos, has already promised that he will not hold shares in that company if he becomes a EU supervisory director. Breton becomes a commissioner for the heavy portfolio of Industrial Policy, Internal Market, Defense and Digitization.