Movers and Shakers | 27 November 2020

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

Mia Bartoloni is the Editor of Dods People EU and the European Public Affairs Directory (EPAD)

27 Nov 2020

Today’s Movers & Shakers are about: The MEPs elected to new European Movement International Board, this week’s committee and delegation changes in Parliament, the latest Commission appointments, and more!

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European Parliament

Committees and Delegations

Members
Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel (Greens/EFA, DE) has joined the Serbia Delegation (D-RS) replacing Terry Reintke (Greens/EFA, DE).
Alicia Homs Ginel (S&D, ES) moves from substitute to member on the Latin-American Delegation (D-LAT).
Cyrus Engerer (S&D, MT) joins the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI), Korean Peninsula Delegation (D-KOR) and the Special Committee on Beating Cancer (BECA).

Substitutes
Cyrus Engerer (S&D, MT) joins the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE), Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) and the Mashreq Delegation (D-MAS).

MEP news
Eva Maydell (EPP, BG) has been re-elected president of the European Movement International while Brando Benifei (S&D, IT) has been elected vice-president.

Political groups

EPP
The group have elected Jeroen Lenaers (EPP, NL) to succeed Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) as coordinator on the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE). Lena Düpont (EPP, DE) has been elected vice-coordinator.

European Commission

Directorates-General and Services

Defence, Industry and Space (DEFIS)
François Arbault will be the new director for Defence Industry. He is currently the Head of the European Green Deal Unit within the Secretariat-General. Ekaterini Kavvada will become the new director for Development and Innovation.

Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Pierre Delsaux has been appointed deputy director-general for health. Delsaux, a trained lawyer, has held several senior positions within the Commission and has most recently served as deputy director-general in DG Defence, Industry and Space (DEFIS).
Maria Pilar Aguar Fernandez has been appointed director for Health, Food Audits and Analysis. She is currently the head of the Health Innovations unit in DG Research and Innovation (RTD).
Viveka Palm has been appointed director for Sectoral and Regional Statistics.
Christine Wirtz will become director for social statistics. She is currently the acting Director for Sectoral and Regional Statistics and the Head of the Agriculture and Fisheries Unit within Eurostat.

Other EU Institutions and Agencies

European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA)
The Board of Supervisors has shortlisted Maria-Luis Albuquerque (former Portuguese minister of finance), Carmine Di Noia (Commissioner of Commissione Nazionale per le Società e la Borsa (CONSOB), Italy) and Verena Ross (ESMA’s executive director) for the position of chair. The shortlist has been sent to the Council and the Parliament for confirmation and it is expected that the incoming chair will replace incumbent Steven Maijoor on 1 April 2021.

EU Tax Observatory
French economist Gabriel Zucman has been selected to set up the body which will be responsible for making recommendations in the field of tax fraud, tax evasion and aggressive tax planning.

Public Affairs

EuroISPA
Thomas Bihlmayer, policy adviser at eco – Association of the Internet Industry, has been appointed treasurer. He joins newly elected president Alexandra Laffitte and vice-president Innocenzo Genna.

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National News

Estonia
President Kersti Kaljulaid has appointed Jaak Aab, former minister of public administration to the role of education minister following the resignation of Mailis Reps. Anneli Ott, member of the Riigikogu's European Union Affairs Committee, will be appointed as the new minister of public administration.


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