Appointment of France’s European Commissioner for Internal Market

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of France's European Commissioner for Internal Market, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Sylvie Goulard - a former member of the European Parliament and former defence minister - was the first name to be put forward by the French government in August 2019. Ms Goulard was formally announced on 9 September by the President of the European Commission. Her portfolio was known on the following day, set to take on the role as European Commission for Internal Market. Her portfolio would include work on industrial policy and the promotion of the Digital Single Market (DSM). She was also to be responsible for a new Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space.

Following the announcement, media sources highlighted a police investigation in France into Ms Goulard's alleged misuse of EU funds on parliamentary assistants during her time as an MEP, which was reason for her resignation as defence minister in 2017.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Ms Goulard on 2 October, in order to assess her capabilities to lead the portfolio. Media sources later reported that she had faced a tough session and would face further questioning at a later stage before a decision on endorsement. A second hearing was held on 10 October. Media sources later suggested that her name had been rejected by the parliamentary committees.

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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: Sylvie Goulard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvie_Goulard
EurActiv, 11/09/2019: Von der Leyen assigns defence challenge to France https://www.euractiv.com/section/global-europe/news/von-der-leyen-assigns-defence-challenge-to-france/
Politico, 12/09/2019: EU defense commissioner may face turf wars https://www.politico.eu/article/sylvie-goulard-eu-defense-commissioner-may-face-turf-wars-commissioner-hearings/
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Sylvie Goulard - Internal Market https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)642201
Politico, 01/10/2019: Sylvie Goulard’s dangerous moment https://www.politico.eu/article/sylvie-goulard-dangerous-moment/
EurActiv, 10/10/2019: Why the European Parliament rejected Sylvie Goulard https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/why-the-european-parliament-rejected-sylvie-goulard/
Euro|topics, October 2019: EU Commission: Macron's candidate fails https://www.eurotopics.net/en/228466/

News
Reuters, 28/08/2019: France proposes central banker Goulard as European Commission candidate https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1VI0XD
Politico, 28/08/2019: Macron picks longtime ally as EU commissioner https://www.politico.eu/article/france-nominates-sylvie-goulard-as-eu-commissioner/
EurActiv, 28/08/2019: France proposes europhile Sylvie Goulard as Commissioner https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/france-proposes-europhile-sylvie-goulard-as-eu-commissioner/
France24, 28/08/2019: France proposes Sylvie Goulard as European Commission candidate https://www.france24.com/en/20190828-france-proposes-sylvie-goulard-european-commission-candidate
Reuters, 10/09/2019: EU creates defence and space branch 'to complement NATO' https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1VV1J5
Politico, 10/09/2019: Goulard faces French police over parliamentary assistants case https://www.politico.eu/article/goulard-faces-french-police-over-parliamentary-assistants-case/
EurActiv, 10/09/2019: France’s Goulard gets double internal market and defence industry post https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/frances-goulard-gets-double-internal-market-and-defence-industry-post/
RFI News, 12/09/2019: French EU commission pick interviewed by police http://en.rfi.fr/france/20190911-french-eu-commission-pick-interviewed-police
Politico, 02/10/2019: Goulard says she’ll ‘respect outcome’ of French probe, ‘regrets’ consulting work https://www.politico.eu/article/goulard-says-shell-respect-outcome-of-french-probe-regrets-consulting-work/
Politico, 02/10/2019: Goulard faces further grilling after rocky hearing https://www.politico.eu/article/goulard-faces-further-grilling-after-rocky-hearing/
Reuters, 02/10/2019: 'I'm clean', Macron's EU candidate says over corruption claims https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1WH1UN
EUObserver, 03/10/2019: French EU nominee could fall after brutal hearing https://euobserver.com/economic/146153
EurActiv, 03/10/2019: Sylvie Goulard given rough ride by European Parliament https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/sylvie-goulard-given-rough-ride-by-european-parliament/
Politico, 04/10/2019: MEPs drill down on Goulard ethics queries after hearing https://www.politico.eu/article/what-meps-want-to-know-after-sylvie-goulards-rocky-hearing/
Politico, 07/10/2019: Conservatives keep pressure on French Commission pick Sylvie Goulard https://www.politico.eu/article/conservatives-keep-pressure-on-french-commission-pick-sylvie-goulard/
EurActiv, 07/10/2019: Loiseau: Without arms exports, there won’t be a European defence industry https://www.euractiv.com/section/defence-and-security/news/loiseau-without-arms-exports-there-wont-be-a-european-defence-industry/
EurActiv, 08/10/2019: Sylvie Goulard still to convince MEPs in ‘do or die’ week https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/sylvie-goulard-still-to-convince-meps-in-do-or-die-week/
Politico, 08/10/2019: Goulard stops short of pledge to quit if under formal investigation https://www.politico.eu/article/goulard-stops-short-of-pledge-to-quit-if-under-formal-investigation/
Politico, 10/10/2019: Sylvie Goulard sticks to her guns at second Parliament hearing https://www.politico.eu/article/sylvie-goulard-sticks-to-her-guns-at-second-parliament-hearing-european-commission/
Politico, 10/10/2019: Key MEPs reject Sylvie Goulard after second hearing https://www.politico.eu/article/key-meps-reject-sylvie-goulard-after-second-hearing/
Politico, 10/10/2019: France’s Commission pick Sylvie Goulard rejected by Parliament https://www.politico.eu/article/frances-commission-pick-sylvie-goulard-rejected-by-parliament/
France24, 10/10/2019: Blow to Macron as his EU top job pick sent home https://www.france24.com/en/20191010-blow-to-macron-as-his-eu-top-job-pick-sent-home
EUObserver, 10/10/2019: French EU nominee loses vote and is out https://euobserver.com/institutional/146221
The Guardian, 10/10/2019: Macron blames 'political game' as MEPs reject commission candidate https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/10/macron-blames-political-game-as-meps-reject-commission-candidate
Reuters, 10/10/2019: Macron cries foul as EU lawmakers snub French pick for industry job https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1WP1IO
Reuters, 14/10/2019: French Finance Minister: not candidate to be Macron's new choice for EU post https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1WT0R0
EurActiv, 14/10/2019: Macron plays appeasement card after Goulard’s rejection https://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/news/macron-plays-appeasement-card-after-goulards-rejection/

Official
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Sylvie Goulard https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/sylvie-goulards-mission-letter_en
European Parliament: Sylvie Goulard’s replies to the European Parliament questionnaire https://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/library/media/20190927RES62436/20190927RES62436.pdf
European Parliament: Press Release, 02/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190926IPR62242/
European Parliament: Public Hearings of Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard, October 2019 https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/hearings2019/commission-hearings-2019/20190910STO60740/
EPP Group: News, 02/10/2019: Cloud of doubt hanging over Sylvie Goulard https://www.eppgroup.eu/newsroom/news/cloud-of-doubt-hanging-over-sylvie-goulard
Renew Europe: News, 02/10/2019: Sylvie Goulard is the right person at the right place for the Internal market https://reneweuropegroup.eu/en/news/1334-sylvie-goulard-is-the-right-person-at-the-right-place-for-the-internal-market/
European Parliament: Press Release, 10/10/2019: Resumed hearing of Commissioner-designate Sylvie Goulard https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20191009IPR63966/

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