What are the priorities of the new European Commission?

Today, Ursula von der Leyen chaired the first meeting of the new College of Commissioners. Her team of 26 new Executive Vice-Presidents, Vice-Presidents and Commissioners are ready to deliver on her promises for a Union that strives for more.

Her first few days in office are already marked by strong European ambitions on climate policy. Von der Leyen’s first trip as Commission President was to the COP25 meeting in Madrid on Monday. Her first communication will be on the European Green Deal, already next week.

Digital is the second key priority for this new Commission. Not only in their communication – each member of von der Leyen’s team published a video for their first day in office – but also for future policy action. For example, the updated mission letter for Thierry Breton now foresee a European strategy on data – key for all sectors.

Last and certainly not least, international relations and trade will be a core topic for the ‘geopolitical’ Commission. Beyond the highly sensitive negotiations on the future UK-EU relationships, expectations are high on a possible European approach to relations with the US, China, Russia, the African continent, and many more.

Here at FH, we are curious to see how this ending Year of Change will turn into actions. We will certainly continue to keep you updated.

  • Mette Grolleman

    Mette Grolleman delivers senior advice to clients on policy, competition and reputation issues in the financial services sector. Mette joined FleishmanHillard in 2017, having previously served as an advisor on financial services to Vice-President Dombrovskis of the European Commission, and prior to that Commissioner Jonathan...

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  • Clement Luzeau

    Clément provides strategic advice to clients across the financial services value chain, with a leading role for the buy-side practice and expertise in topics related to asset management, distribution of financial products, sustainable finance and financial supervision. Prior to joining FleishmanHillard, he worked at the...

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