Appointment of Virginijus Sinkevičius as European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Lithuania's Virginijus Sinkevičius as European Commissioner for Environment and Oceans, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Virginijus Sinkevicius is a former minister of economy and innovation in Lithuania. Upon his appointment by national authorities, it was highlighted he was on course to become the youngest Commissioner ever to take office. He was formally announced on 9 September by the President of the European Commission. His portfolio was known on the following day, set to take on the role as the European Commissioner for Environment and Oceans.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing with Mr Sinkevičius on 3 October, in order to assess his capabilities to lead the portfolio. Media sources later reported he had been approved as a suitable candidate for the position. On 13 November, the designation of Mr Sinkevičius' portfolio was changed to 'Environment, Oceans and Fisheries'.

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Wikipedia: Virginijus Sinkevičius
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Virginijus Sinkevičius - Environment and Oceans
EurActiv, 14/10/2019: Something fishy this way comes
EPRS: Briefing, October 2019: Commitments made at the hearing of Virginijus SINKEVIČIUS, Commissioner-designate - Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Politico, 07/08/2019: Lithuania puts forward economy minister for European Commission
EurActiv, 12/09/2019: First ‘millennial’ Commissioner to address challenges for Generation Z
EUObserver, 03/10/2019: Sinkevičius pledges to 'listen' to climate protests

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Virginijus Sinkevičius
European Parliament: Virginijus Sinkevičius’ replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Press Release, 03/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Virginijus Sinkevičius
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Commissioner-designate Virginijus Sinkevičius, 3 October 2019
European Commission: Press Release, 13/11/2019: Adjustments to names of portfolios of Commissioners-designate

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