Sweden's Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt on Thursday (31 July) confirmed that Sweden's nominee as commissioner for the next term will be Cecilia Malmström, currently in charge of the EU executive's home affairs department.
"It's a pleasure to be able to nominate Cecilia," Reinfeldt said in a statement.
Malmström herself took to Twitter to say she had been nominated for a second five-year term.
Happy and honoured to have been nominated as Commissioner for a second term /CM
— Cecilia Malmström (@MalmstromEU) July 31, 2014
Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, who many speculated could have been nominated as EU foreign affairs chief, tweeted that Malmström had done a splendid job on a difficult portfolio and will be an asset to the EU.
The Swedish commissioner was in charge of home affairs, a portfolio which was created to split the previous portfolio which was combined with human rights, since 2009.
Prior to her appointment as commissioner, Malmström, a liberal, was a member of the European Parliament from 1999–2006. She served as Sweden's Minister for European Union Affairs from 2006–2010.
Sweden has recently said that the country would be interested in seeking a portfolio which exclusively deals with human rights.
The European Commission-elect president, Jean-Claude Juncker, who must form a team of commissioners, wants governments to nominate female candidate to ensure gender parity in the Commission. He has offered those that do an influential portfolio or Commission Vice-Presidency.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz, has said that MEPs will veto a Commission without gender balance.
So far only two women have been nominated among the 28 member states. Besides Malmström, the Czech Republic has also nominated Věra Jourová.
- 31 Aug.: Deadline for all EU governments to put forward their EU Commissioner nominee
- 1 Nov.: Target date for the next Commission to take office