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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Bruegel: Blog, 30/09/2019: 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
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EPRS: Briefing, September 2020: Commissioner Hearings: Valdis Dombrovskis - Vice-President: An Economy that Works for People / Trade
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News, 10/09/2019: Dombrovskis nominated as executive vice-president under von der Leyen
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Reuters,, 27/08/2020: EU's Dombrovskis given temporary charge of trade after Hogan exit, 28/08/2020: Dombrovskis will temporarily assume the duties of EU Trade Commissioner
AP News, 08/09/2020: EU names Dombrovskis as its new trade chief
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European Commission: Commissioners 2019-2024: Valdis Dombrovskis
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Valdis Dombrovskis (2019)
European Parliament: Valdis Dombrovskis’ replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Hearing of Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice-President-designate for an Economy that Works for People
European Parliament: Press Release, 08/10/2019: Hearing of Executive Vice President-designate Valdis Dombrovskis
European Parliament: Headlines: Commission Changes 2020: Valdis Dombrovskis (Latvia)
European Commission: President von der Leyen's mission letter to Valdis Dombrovskis (13 September 2020)
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
EPP Group: Newsroom, 02/10/2020: 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
European Parliament: Press Release, 02/10/2020: Hearing of Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis on trade portfolio

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