|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Spain's Josep Borrell Fontelles as Vice-President in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen, which also becomes the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Policy.
Josep Borrell is a former Spanish minister of foreign affairs. He was given the role as High Representative in the framework of an agreement between the main political groups on the leading positions for the institutions of the European Union. His nomination generated some controversy, due to previous statements and his connections with the debate on Catalonia's autonomy. Mr Borrell 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 Commission's Vice President for 'A Stronger Europe in the World'.
The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Borrell on October in order to assess his capabilities to become a Vice-President of the European Commission (which is formally detached from his role as High Representative). Media sources later reported that he had been approved as a suitable candidate.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Commission|
|Keywords||Union Foreign Minister | EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
|Countries / Regions||Spain|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|