The European Parliament approved on Wednesday the candidatures of the four candidate to EU Commissioners nominated to replace those who left to become MEPs. The four are to serve for the rest of the Commission’s current term, which expires on 31 October 2014.
Four former Commissioners took their MEP seats as the Parliament held its first session on 1 July. Before that, they were due to resign from the EU executive.
Vice President Viviane Reding, Luxembourg, responsible for justice, fundamental rights and citizenship;
Vice President Antonio Tajani, Italy, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship;
Vice President Olli Rehn, Finland, responsible for economic and monetary affairs and the euro;
Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski, Poland, responsible for financial programming and the budget;
The former Commissioners are replaced by:
Martine Reicherts from Luxembourg, until now a Commission Director General and a veteran in EU affairs. She has served as Advisor and Deputy Head of Cabinet of former Commission President Jacques Santer;
Ferdinando Nelli Feroci from Italy, a career diplomat who has been his country’s Permanent representative to the EU (2008-2013);
Jyrki Katainen from Finland. Katainen resigned from the post of Prime Minister on 16 June with a plan to take a job not only as a replacement commissioner, but to stay on in the Juncker team, with an important portfolio;
Jacek Dominik from Poland, a former Deputy Minister of Finance and a government plenipotentiary on the introduction of the euro by his country.