Movers and Shakers | August 23 2019

Written by Dods People EU on 23 August 2019 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 Parliament committee and delegation composition changes, UK officials distance themselves from the EU, the italian government crisis continues with the prime minister's resignation, the latest appointments at the Comission, EEAS, public affairs and more!

European Parliament 

Committees and Delegations 

Petitions Committee (PETI) 
Rainer WIELAND (EPP, DE) joins as a substitute. 

Regional Development Committee (REGI) 
Stelios KYMPOUROPOULOS (EPP, EL) joins as a substitute. 

Cariforum Delegation(D-CAR) 
Lukas MANDL (EPP, AT) joins as a member. 

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European Commission 


Economic and Financial Affairs (EG ECFIN) 
Linda ROWAN has left the position of Head of Unit R1 (HR Business Correspondent, business continuity and control) with John SHEEHY serving as Acting Head of Unit. 

European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) 
Jan SEMPELS has been appointed as the Head of Unit E3 (Contracts and Finance), replacing former Acting Head of Unit Alexander KOPKE. 

Justice and Consumers (DG JUST) 
Karen VANDEKERCKHOVE has left the position of Head of Unit D2 (Gender equality) with Ingrid BELLANDER-TODINO becoming Acting Head of Unit. 

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European External Action Service 

Representations and Delegations 
Gilles BERBRAND is the new Chargé d'Affaires for the EU Delegation to Syria, replacing former Chargé d'Affaires Tosca BARUCCO. 

European Data Protection Board 

It is with sadness that we report the loss of Giovanni BUTTARELLI (IT), the European Data Protection Supervisor, who passed away in Italy on 20 August. 

Public Affairs 

Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) 
At the summer conference, Özgecan KARA was elected as the new Secretary General.  Stefanie DE BOCK was also elected as Treasurer.  

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National News 

UK officials will stop attending EU meetings from 1 September in order to focus on Brexit preparations and post-Brexit policy. It also has ceded its voting rights to Finland, due to them holding the European Council Presidency. 

Czech Republic 
Lubomír ZAORÁLEK will be appointed Culture Minister by Czech President Miloš ZEMAN on Tuesday, ending a dispute over the position between ZEMAN and Czech Prime Minister Andrej BABIŠ. 

Two weeks after The League party leader (ID) Matteo SALVINI pulled the plug on the coalition government with the Five Star Movement (NI) and tabled a vote of no confidence against Prime minister Giuseppe CONTE, matters took an interesting turn this week as CONTE instead announced he would resign. In an impassioned speech to the Senate, CONTE declared that ‘this government here’, and set the country on an uneasy political course that could lead either to a snap election or a new governing alliance.  

It is now up to President Sergio MATTARELLA to decide the next steps. Consultations with political groups began on Wednesday, however by Thursday no concrete outcomes had been determined and MATTARELLA has since said that he will give political groups five more days to try and find a solution. Current possibilities include a partnership between the Democratic Party (S&D), the Five Star Movement and some smaller parties.  


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