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EU Parliament Agrees to Reshuffle the European Commission

The European Parliament approves a reshuffle of the European Commission, the day-to-day EU administration.


The Let Valdis Dombrovskis, who is changing portfolios, and the new Irish Commissioner Mairead McGuinness each have the confidence of Parliament by an overwhelming majority.

The 61-year-old McGuinness has now yet to be formally appointed by the member states. The Irish government nominated her after her fellow countryman Phil Hogan (Handel) resigned for violating corona rules in Ireland.

Until recently, McGuinness was the leader of the Christian Democratic group in the EU parliament and was first vice-president there since 2017. In her new position, she will take on the financial services portfolio and the capital markets union from Dombrovskis.

Dombrovskis (49) is already vice-chair of the committee but had to be heard by Parliament for taking over Hogan’s massive trading portfolio. On Friday, the two were already questioned by parliamentarians about their ambitions.

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