If approved by the European Parliament, Mrs. von der Leyen's executive team will be the most gender-diverse in EU history, with 13 women and 14 men. Irishman Phil Hogan, now in charge of agriculture, will take up the post of trade commissioner, while the economic portfolio has been handed to Italian Paolo Gentiloni.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday that he's pleased with the nomination of Dutch politician Frans Timmermans as vice president responsible for climate issues in the European Commission from 2019 to 2024.
European Commission (EC) president-elect Ursula von der Leyen presented on Tuesday, September 10, her team and the new structure of the next EC, officially proposing Romanian MEP Rovana Plumb for the position of EU Commissioner for transport.
"We have to be more ambitious when it comes to our 2030 emission reduction target", stated von der Leyen, who initially supported emission cuts to at least 50 percent by 2030.
Introducing the nominees for her Commission, Von der Leyen said that she wanted it to be "flexible, agile and modern".
Greens lawmakers have already expressed concern that her commissioners include Hungary's ex-justice minister, who they say has undermined the rule of law there.
"So we'll see how things will proceed". And I want the European Union to be the guardian of multilateralism.
But he has been hamstrung by the United Kingdom parliament which has passed a law requiring him to first secure a viable departure deal with the EU.
Among the five ordinary vice presidents are Slovakia's Maroš Šefčovič, who was named to coordinate inter-institutional relations and foresight, Croatian commissioner-designate Dubravka Šuica at democracy and demography, and current Czech commissioner Věra Jourová, who will be responsible for values and transparency and will help coordinate European Union action against countries which defy the rule of law. "I want this relationship, as it has been in the past, to be a good relationship".
Even with a divorce accord, there are fears that talks over a comprehensive trade agreement could drag on for years - the EU's deal with Canada took seven years and the one with Latin America's Mercosur bloc 20.
The EU knows that China has to make certain changes, Hogan added, but said that Trump's actions were cleary not improving the economic situation in either the United States or China.
"He has proven to be vociferous on Brexit, and I am sure that this will continue in his new role", Varadkar said.