Von der Leyen unveils 'geopolitical Commission'

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Von der Leyen said in her first speech as EC Chair: "I want this European Commission to be a flexible, modern, agile Commission", at another point calling it a "geopolitical Commission" and a "guardian of multilateralism", "fully devoted to Europe, understanding it completely and listening to European needs".

Hogan's name was among 25 new commissioners in von der Leyen's team, set to take up their posts on November 1, once they have been vetted by the European Parliament. Vít Rakušan of the Mayors and Independents said it was absurd that the values and transparency post had gone to a country whose prime minister stands accused of not adhering to European Union values.

If her selection is approved by the European Parliament and EU leaders, it will boast near gender parity, with 13 women and 14 men, meeting one of von der Leyen's key modernising pledges.

Johannes Hahn, as a long-standing EU Commissioner, is appreciated not only in Austria by all political groups.

Von der Leyen announced her nominations for the commissioners on Tuesday noon.

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The list of allocated jobs is believed to have an nearly flawless gender balance, with 13 men and 13 women.

"We will take bold action against climate change, build our partnership with the United States, define our relations with a more self-assertive China and be a reliable neighbour, for example to Africa", she said.

The bloc should be a bigger player in artificial intelligence and big data and improve its defense against cyber attacks.

The economic portfolio goes to former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at a time when the continent is struggling with weak growth, a possible recession in Germany, and battles with Italy over budgetary restraint. The appointment of an Italian leftist to monitor Rome's compliance with European Union budget rules could be seen as a lenient move. The Dane Margrethe Vestager will continue as commissioner for competition and a Europe fit for the digital age, while her Latvian colleague, Valdis Dombrovskis, was given the financial services portfolio.

"I would like to warmly congratulate Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on the new College of Commissioners".

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