Appointment of Valdis Drombrovskis as Executive Vice-President of the European Commission

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Latvia's Valdis Dombrovskis as Executive Vice-President for 'An Economy that Works for People', in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Valdis Dombrovskis is a former Latvian Prime Minister. He has been a European Commissioner since 2014, becoming one of a set of individuals being transferred from the previous European Commission. Mr Dombrovskis 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 one of the Commission's Executive Vice-Presidencies and thus being promoted in the hierarchy.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Dombrovskis on 8 October, in order to assess his capabilities to lead the portfolio. Media sources later reported that he had been approved as a suitable candidate.

Following the resignation of the Trade Commissioner, the role of the Executive Vice-President was expanded to include the trade portfolio. The relevant committee of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Dombrovskis on 2 October 2020. The change was formally endorsed by the Parliament on 7 October.

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Wikipedia: Valdis Dombrovskis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valdis_Dombrovskis
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Valdis Dombrovskis – Vice-President: An Economy that works for people https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)640172
Bruegel: Blog, 30/09/2019: Questions on financial services policy for Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President-designate of the European Commission https://bruegel.org/2019/09/questions-on-financial-services-policy-for-valdis-dombrovskis-executive-vice-president-designate-of-the-european-commission/
Politico, 08/10/2019: 5 takeaways from Valdis Dombrovskis’ hearing https://www.politico.eu/article/5-takeaways-from-valdis-dombrovskis-hearing/
Politico, 08/09/2020: 5 things to know about Valdis Dombrovskis https://www.politico.eu/article/5-things-to-know-about-valdis-dombrovskis/
EPRS: Briefing, September 2020: Commissioner Hearings: Valdis Dombrovskis - Vice-President: An Economy that Works for People / Trade https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2020)659256
EPRS: Briefing, October 2020: Commitments made at the hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis Commissioner for Trade https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EXPO_BRI(2020)639316

News
LSM.lv, 10/09/2019: Dombrovskis nominated as executive vice-president under von der Leyen https://eng.lsm.lv/article/society/society/dombrovskis-nominated-as-executive-vice-president-under-von-der-leyen.a331559/
Reuters, 08/10/2019: EU to regulate crypto currencies such as Facebook's Libra - Dombrovskis https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSB5N23D01V
LSM.lv, 08/10/2019: Dombrovskis undergoes European Commission job grilling https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/politics/dombrovskis-undergoes-european-commission-job-grilling.a334338/
Reuters,, 27/08/2020: EU's Dombrovskis given temporary charge of trade after Hogan exit https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN25N1AK
LSM.lv, 28/08/2020: Dombrovskis will temporarily assume the duties of EU Trade Commissioner https://eng.lsm.lv/article/politics/diplomacy/dombrovskis-will-temporarily-assume-the-duties-of-eu-trade-commissioner.a372189/
AP News, 08/09/2020: EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief https://apnews.com/article/ff571a3a157df16a0eadc92d4800fc36
Euronews, 08/09/2020: Ireland set to lose key trade portfolio after European Commission reshuffle https://www.euronews.com/2020/09/08/ursula-von-der-leyen-to-announce-european-commission-reshuffle
Politico, 08/09/2020: Valdis Dombrovskis named new EU trade commissioner https://www.politico.eu/article/valdis-dombrovskis-named-new-eu-trade-commissioner-2/
Reuters, 15/09/2020: Dombrovskis given influential trade job at EU executive https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN25Z1E0
EurActiv, 02/10/2020: Dombrovskis announces new defense instrument against trade ‘bullies’ https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/dombrovskis-announces-new-defense-instrument-against-trade-bullies/

Official
European Commission: Commissioners 2019-2024: Valdis Dombrovskis https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/dombrovskis_en
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Valdis Dombrovskis (2019) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/valdis-dombrovskis-mission-letter_en
European Parliament: Valdis Dombrovskis’ replies to the European Parliament questionnaire https://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/library/media/20190927RES62424/20190927RES62424.pdf
European Parliament: Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President-designate for an Economy that Works for People https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/hearings2019/commission-hearings-2019/20190910STO60708/valdis-dombrovskis-latvia
European Parliament: Press Release, 08/10/2019: Hearing of Executive Vice President-designate Valdis Dombrovskis https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190926IPR62261/
European Parliament: Headlines: Commission Changes 2020: Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia) https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/priorities/commission-changes-2020/20200924STO87815/
European Commission: President von der Leyen's mission letter to Valdis Dombrovskis (13 September 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/sites/comm-cwt2019/files/commissioner_mission_letters/mission-letter-valdis-dombrovskis-2019_en.pdf
S&D Group: Newsroom, 02/10/2020: S&Ds: Dombrovskis is fit for the job but we now expect a concrete breakthrough for fair and sustainable trade https://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/newsroom/sds-dombrovskis-fit-job-we-now-expect-concrete-breakthrough-fair-and-sustainable-trade
EPP Group: Newsroom, 02/10/2020: Trade will be in good hands with Valdis Dombrovskis https://www.eppgroup.eu/newsroom/news/trade-will-be-in-good-hands-with-valdis-dombrovskis
Renew Europe Group: Newsroom, 02/10/2020: Renew Europe reminds Valdis Dombrovskis that European values and interests must be at the heart of EU trade policy https://reneweuropegroup.eu/en/news/1633-renew-europe-reminds-valdis-dombrovskis-that-european-values-and-interests-must-be-at-the-heart-of-eu-trade-policy/
European Parliament: Press Release, 02/10/2020: Hearing of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on trade portfolio https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20201001IPR88310/

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