Stenbock House, 9 September 2019 – Today, at a phone session, the government decided not to consider it necessary to fill the post of Estonian commissioner in the current European Commission. Kadri Simson is Estonia’s candidate for the next Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.
According to Prime Minister Jüri Ratas, Estonia will receive a substantial portfolio in the next European Commission, chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, and therefore she needs to be able to focus on the preparations. “In June, it was likely that the new Commission might not take office within the prescribed time frame; at the time, we proposed that the Estonian candidate be also nominated to the current Commission. Today, it is clear that the new Commission will most likely take office in due course. The schedule of the European Parliament has also failed to allow the hearing of Kadri Simson during the summer. As a result, her appointment to the current Commission has been delayed, and it is more reasonable to use the remaining time to prepare for the work in new Commission,” said Ratas.
Prime Minister Ratas sent a letter to Finland, who currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, informing them of the government’s decision and expressing Estonia’s agreement that the number of commissioners in European Commission headed by Jean-Claude Juncker is smaller than the number of Member States.
Ursula von der Leyen, the next candidate for President of the European Commission, intends to disclose the composition and structure of the new Commission tomorrow. At that time, the portfolio of the Estonian Commissioner-designate will also be revealed.
Once the composition of the new Commission is known, it will be assessed by the European Parliament in September and approved as a single list. The European Commission will then be appointed by the European Council.
Kadri Simson has long-standing experience of working with the European Commission and other European Union institutions. As Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, she managed the areas of internal market, energy, and transportation in the Council of the European Union.