Movers and Shakers | 28 February 2020

Written by Mia Bartonoli and Megan MacDougall on 28 February 2020 in News

Keep track of developments in the European institutions and public affairs with our Movers and Shakers column. 

Today's Movers & Shakers are about, new Romanian Prime Minister nomination, new Slovenian coalition government, latest Commission appointments, and more!

European Parliament 

Committees and Delegation 

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) 
Romana JERKOVIĆ (S&D, HR) joins as a substitute.  

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European Commission 


Human Resources and Security (HR) 
Matthias WILL replaces Marta SILVA MENDES as Head Unit A3 (HR Processes, Data & Information Systems) in an acting capacity. SILVA MENDES becomes Head of Unit E4 (Agencies, European Schools and International Affairs) replacing Mariana SAUDE. 
Guillaume LAPLATTE replaces Christian LEVASSEUR as Head of Unit B4 (Career Management and Mobility) in an acting capacity. 

Office for the Administration and Payment of Individual Entitlements (PMO) 
Florence JUDES replaces Ellen JORGENSEN as Head of Unit 5 (PMO Luxembourg). 
Christelle FONTBONNE PRONIEWSKI replaces Jean-Pierre VANDERSTRAETEN as Head of Unit 7 (Budget, Internal control) in an acting capacity. 

Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO) 
Moray GILLAND replaces Eric VON BRESKA as Director of Directorate B (Policy) in an acting capacity.  

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Public Affairs 

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National News 

Following the announcement of the resignation of Annegret KRAMP-KARRENBAUER, the next CDU party chair will be chosen at a special party congress on April 25, eight months earlier than expected. Armin LASCHET, Friedrich MERZ and Norbert ROTTGEN are the three men running to lead the Christian Democrats. 

Under a constitutional court ruling, President Klaus IOHANNIS was ordered to find a candidate that can hold a majority in parliament. This follows IOHANNIS’s proposal to re-instate the Interim Prime Minister Ludovic ORBAN. Minister for Finance Florin CITU is IOHANNIS’s latest proposal. 

Voters will head to the polls this Saturday for the general election. 

A new coalition has been formed. Janez JANSA, of the Slovenian Democratic Party (EPP) will become Prime Minister. The other two parties in the coalition are the Party of Modern Center (SMC, RE) and the Democratic Party of Pensioners (DeSUS, RE). JANSA is due to be confirmed by Parliament next week.


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