Appointment of Didier Reynders as European Commissioner for Justice

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Belgium's Didier Reynders as European Commissioner for Justice, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Didier Reynders is a former foreign affairs and finance minister in Belgium and gathered experience on a number of policy areas. Mr Reynders was picked by the national government in late August 2019 and was formally announced on 9 September 2019 by the President of the European Commission. His portfolio was known on the following day, set to take on the role as the European Commissioner for Justice. After the announcement, he was subject of a corruption investigation, which was later dropped by authorities.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Reynders on 2 October in order to assess his capabilities to lead the portfolio, which includes matter relating to the rule of law. Media sources later reported that he had been approved as a suitable candidate.

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EPRS: Briefing, October 2019: Commitments made at the hearing of Didier REYNDERS, Commissioner-designate - Justice

Politico, 24/08/2019: Belgium picks Foreign Minister Didier Reynders to be EU commissioner
EUObserver, 26/08/2019: Belgium: Parties clash on Reynders as EU commissioner
EUObserver, 11/09/2019: Reynders is the new Timmermans on rule of law
Politico, 14/09/2019: Didier Reynders, Belgium’s Commission pick, under police investigation
Deutsche Welle, 15/09/2019: EU nominee Reynders facing probe, claim Belgian newspapers
EUObserver, 16/09/2019: Belgium's EU nominee faces crime probe
EurActiv, 16/09/2019: Belgian Commissioner-pick faces corruption probe
Politico, 27/09/2019: Belgian prosecutors drop investigation into Didier Reynders
The Brussels Times, 30/09/2019: Former investigator files death-threat complaint against Didier Reynders
EUObserver, 30/09/2019: Belgium's EU nominee still embroiled in legal feud
Reuters, 01/10/2019: Belgium's pick for EU Commission faces new graft accusation
The Brussels Times, 02/10/2019: Didier Reynders receives rave reviews from Belgian Euro-parliamentarians following audition
EUObserver, 02/10/2019: Belgium's EU nominee sails through, despite allegations

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Didier Reynders
European Parliament: Didier Reynders’s replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Press Release, 02/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Didier Reynders
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Didier Reynders, 2 October 2019

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