JUNKER WANTS MORE WOMEN IN NEW TEAM
Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission’s President-elect, has urged national governments to appoint more women in his new team of commissioners, and promised to reward those that do so with a big portfolio or vice-presidency.
The former Luxembourg Prime Minster was nominated by EU heads of state on 27 June to become the next President of the European Commission, despite staunch opposition from Britain.
He will begin negotiations with governments on the distribution of portfolios after the European Parliament confirms him in a vote on Tuesday (15 July).
“He is very worried about the fact that, of all the names circulating, almost all of them are men,” a source close to Juncker told EurActiv. “He has been expressing his concern systematically in all talks with heads of state or government over the past weeks.”