|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
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.
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.
|Subject Categories||Business and Industry, Internal Markets|
|Subject Tags||European Commission|
|Countries / Regions||France|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|