Appointment of Romania’s European Commission for Transport

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Romania's European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Rovana Plumb - a former minister in different cabinets - was originally nominated by the country's government as the Romanian candidate for the College of Commissioners. Ms Plumb was formally announced on 9 September by the President-elect of the European Commission as Romania's appointment, and her portfolio was known on the next day, set to take up the portfolio featuring matters relating to transport. However, on 26 September the Parliament's legal affairs committee announced it would not support her nomination due to concerns relating to her financial statements.

The nomination of a replacement candidate was affected by an political crisis in Romania. The government first proposed Dan Nica to replace Ms Plumb, but was shortly after removed from office by a vote of no-confidence in Parliament on 10 October. A caretaker administration named Victor Negrescu on 29 October, but the European Commission later stated they would not be able to accept the designated candidate following the understanding that the caretaker Prime Minister was not in a position to make such nomination. Following the formation of a minority government on 4 November, Siegfried Mureșan and Adina-Ioana Vălean were nominated. The latter was later accepted by Ms von der Leyen as the Romanian candidate.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Ms Valean on 14 November, in order to assess her capabilities to lead the portfolio. Media sources later reported that she had been approved as a suitable candidate.

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Wikipedia: Rovana Plumb
Wikipedia: Adina-Ioana Vălean
EPRS: Briefing, November 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Adina-Ioana Vălean - Transport

Politico, 01/10/2019: Romanian prime minister picks MEP as new Commission nominee
Balkan Insight, 09/10/2019: Romania’s Second European Commission Candidate Rejected
EurActiv, 30/10/2019: Romania relies on fifth time lucky with Commissioner pick
Romania Insider, 30/10/2019: Bucharest mayor says dismissed PM Dancila proposed her to be EU Commissioner
Romania Insider, 31/10/2019: EC questions Romania’s latest commissioner nomination
Reuters, 03/11/2019: Romania's proposed government faces confidence vote key for EU policymaking
EurActiv, 04/11/2019: Von der Leyen Commission hangs on Romania politicising
Reuters, 06/11/2019: Romania government nominates two candidates for EU commissioner
EurActiv, 06/11/2019: Valean new Romanian EU Commissioner pick, sources say
EUObserver, 06/11/2019: New Romanian commissioner completes line-up, bar UK
Euronews, 06/11/2019: MEP Adina Valean approved as Romania's European Commissioner
Balkan Insight, 06/11/2019: New Romanian PM Proposes Fresh European Commissioners
Romania Insider, 14/11/2019: EP committees endorse Romanian MEP for transport commissioner
EUObserver, 14/11/2019: Green MEPs unconvinced by Romanian commissioner

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Adina Vălean
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Adina-Ioana Vălean, 14 November 2019
European Parliament: Press Release, 14/11/2019: Hearing of Adina-Ioana Vălean, Commissioner-designate for Transport

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