EU Chief Chooses Romanian MEP to Serve on Commission

Clay Curtis
November 8, 2019

Orban's favorite for the commissioner position is Siegfried Muresan, according to liberal sources quoted by, while Adina Valean is the reserve candidate.

Future President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen has reminded UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson of his duty to put forth a candidate to be the country's EU commissioner. "The President-elect decided for Adina Valean to take on the portfolio of transport", a spokesman said.

Both Muresan and Valean belong to Orban's National Liberal Party, PNL, which is part the centre-right bloc, the European Popular Party, EPP.

Muresan, an economist, is a vice-chairman of the European People's Party group in the European Parliament, while Valean is chairwoman of its Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

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The entry into office of von der Leyen has been delayed from the scheduled November 1 date after original commissioner nominees from France, Hungary and Romania were rejected in the EU Parliament, which must approve her whole team.

In a letter, von der Leyen asked Johnson to reply "rapidly, in the shortest delay possible", her spokeswoman Dana Spinant said.

France's Thierry Breton, who will oversee the EU's industrial policy, and Hungary's Oliver Varhelyi - who is expected to get the enlargement portfolio despite reservations in the parliament about Hungary's policy towards its neighbourhood - will also have to face MEPs. France's candidate Thierry Breton and Hungary's Oliver Varhelyi are also yet to undergo the European Union parliament's vetting.

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