On 10 September, the incoming European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen revealed the distribution of portfolios in the new European Commission.
A total of 27 names – the UK opted out of the process – were proposed to von der Leyen by the EU member states. Of these, six portfolios are expected to be held by strong liberal politicians:
Margrethe Vestager (Denmark) – Executive vice president for the Digital Age
Věra Jourová (Czech Republic) – Vice-president for Values and Transparency
Kadri Simson (Estonia) – Energy
Sylvie Goulard (France) – Internal Market
Janez Lenarčič (Slovenia) – Crisis Management
Didier Reynders (Belgium) – Justice
With these key portfolios the designate Commissioners will be in the driving seat to renew Europe. However, all nominations need to be approved by the European Parliament before the Commissioners can start in their roles on 1 November.