Romanian government to send two new European Union commissioner proposals to Brussels

Cheryl Sanders
November 8, 2019

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

Romania's new Government will send European Commission (EC) president-elect Ursula von der Leyen two proposals for the commissioner position, prime minister Ludovic Orban announced at the end of the Government meeting on Wednesday, November 6. Moreover, the Socialists are unhappy that they have lost a seat in the new commission after the change of government in Romania.

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.

The Romanian nominee chosen by Von der Leyen will be subjected to evaluation by the same European Union control bodies that rejected Dancila's first choice, Social Democrat MEP Rovana Plumb, who was turned down due to a conflict of interest.

Valean, 51, is the wife of Crin Antonescu, a former leader of PNL and onetime acting president of Romania.

Previous candidates from those countries have also been rejected by the parliament.

Von der Leyen wants to achieve gender parity in the new Commission.

Romania was the last member state to nominate a commissioner, apart from the United Kingdom which on Wednesday was also asked to name a candidate after the latest delay to the Brexit process.

Romanian MEP Adina Valean was selected to head the bloc's transportation portfolio, but must first be approved by the European Parliament.

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