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A European Commission committed to promoting Social Europe

Alexandros Michailidis /

The European Parliament, which held its plenary session in Strasbourg, approved the new European Commission, chaired by Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday 27 November 2019.

French MEP Sylvie Brunet reflects on this symbolic moment and on her expectations of the new European executive in terms of "upward" social convergence in Europe: "The European Commission will now be chaired by a woman, it is a first in the history of the European Union! And if parity is not achieved, the place of women increases significantly compared to all previous Commissions. The new President also announced that each European Commissioner will have to set up a gender-balanced cabinet, thus strengthening gender equality at the various levels of the institution's management. I am delighted that an ambitious work programme is being carried out by the new executive in the social field. Nicolas Schmit, the new Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, has thus been given the task of implementing the principles contained in the European Foundation for Social Rights. In particular, he will propose a framework for ensuring that all workers can benefit from a fair minimum wage within each Member State. He will also work to improve the working conditions and safety of platform workers. These are subjects on which I will be resolutely involved during this mandate!"

French MEP Marie-Pierre Vedrenne also commented on the new Commission and the new Trade Commissioner: "I am counting on Phil Hogan to continue the work, to develop a fair and balanced trade policy where the WTO must emerge both stronger and more powerful."

French MEP Laurence Farreng was delighted that the words Education and Culture have been added to Commissioner Gabriel Mariya's portfolio: "This is what binds us and makes us unique!