Appointment of Kadri Simson as European Commissioner for Energy

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Estonia's Kadri Simson as European Commissioner for Energy, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Kadri Simson is a former minister of economic affairs from Estonia. She was initially appointed to replace the former Estonian Commissioner in the outgoing College of Commissioners (who decided to take up a seat in the European Parliament), but later indicated instead solely as the country's candidate for the new set of European Commissioners. Ms Simson was formally announced on 9 September 2019 by the President of the European Commission. Her portfolio was known on the following day, set to take on the role as the European Commissioner for Energy.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Ms Simson on 3 October, in order to assess her capabilities to lead the portfolio. Media sources later reported that she had been approved as a suitable candidate, but not without criticism by some members of that committee.

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Wikipedia: Kadri Simson
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Kadri Simson - Energy

ERR News, 11/07/2019: Kadri Simson remains sole European Commission nominee, says prime minister
ERR News, 28/08/2019: Kadri Simson offered possible European Commission economy-related role
EurActiv, 10/09/2019: Estonia forfeits seat in Juncker’s outgoing Commission
ERR News, 10/09/2019: Kadri Simson becomes European commissioner for energy
Postimees, 11/09/2019: Simson handed energy portfolio
EurActiv, 03/10/2019: Estonia joins EU’s climate-neutral club
ERR News, 03/10/2019: Kadri Simson addresses European Parliament as incoming commissioner
ERR News, 03/10/2019: Kadri Simson faces tough climate questions at commission hearing
ERR News, 03/10/2019: European Parliament green-lights Simson as energy commissioner
Reuters, 03/10/2019: Estonia's EU energy candidate questioned on climate credentials
EUObserver, 03/10/2019: Estonian nominee's answers fails to convince all MEPs
EurActiv, 04/10/2019: ‘Acceptable’: EU’s new energy czar wins guarded backing from Parliament
Forbes, 04/10/2019: New EU Energy Chief To Put Connections And Security At Heart Of Green Deal
Postimees, 04/10/2019: Simson spared re-examination
ERR News, 09/10/2019: Italian Stefano Grassi to lead Kadri Simson's commission cabinet

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Kadri Simson
European Parliament: Kadri Simson’s replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Press Release, 03/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Kadri Simson
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Kadri Simson, 3 October 2019

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