Movers and Shakers | 5 June 2020


Today’s Movers & Shakers are about: Updates to the Parliamentary calendar, Current head of EU Council's Financial Services Committee re-elected, Polish presidential election date confirmed, the latest Parliament committee and delegation changes, the latest Commission, public affairs appointments, and more!


European Parliament

The Conference of Presidents have updated the Parliament calendar once again. Plenary sessions in June and July will be prolonged by one day.

Composition of committees and delegations
Cristian TERHEŞ (ECR, RO) joins the India Delegation (D-IND) replacing Raffaele FITTO (ECR, IT) who leaves the delegation.

Dominique BILDE (ID, FR) joins the Serbia Delegation (D-RS) as a substitute replacing France JAMET (ID, FR), who leaves the delegation.
Clare DALY (GUE-NGL, IE) joins the Security and Defence Sub-committee (SEDE).

National parties
Antonius MANDERS (EPP, NL) has left the 50PLUS party of which he was a member since 2014 and joins the Christian Democratic Appeal. Both parties belong to the EPP group.

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European Commission

Commissioner for Trade, Phil HOGAN (IE), has confirmed that he is "exploring the idea" of applying to be the director general of the World Trade Organization. The current existing WTO Director General, Brazilian Roberto AZEVĒDO, is due to step down in September. A spokesperson for the Commission has said that they expect the issue of an EU nominee for the position of WTO director general would first be discussed at a meeting of EU trade ministers on 9 June.


Budget (BUDG)
Olivier SALLES has left his role as Adviser to the Director General leaving a vacant tenure.

Health and Food Safety (SANTE)
Eva Maria ZAMORA ESCRIBANO leaves their role as Head of Unit G2 (Animal health and welfare) leaving a vacant tenure. ZAMORA ESCRIBANO becomes Head of Unit E5 (Animal nutrition, veterinary medicines) replacing Christian SIEBERT.

Human Resources and Security (HR)
Richard SONNENSCHEIN leaves his role as Principal Security Adviser as he becomes Acting Administrative Director at the European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO). The tenure has been left vacant.

Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE)
Christos ECONOMOU replaces Bernhard FRIESS as Director of Directorate A (Maritime Policy and Blue Economy) in an acting capacity.
Maja KIRCHNER replaces Bernhard FRIESS as Director of Directorate C (Fisheries Policy Atlantic, North Sea, Baltic and Outermost Regions) in an acting capacity.

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EU Institutions, Agencies and Other

European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
Next week members will decide whether to take disciplinary action against Jacek KRAWCZYK (PL), President of Group I (Employers). The decision follows allegations of serious harassment brought against KRAWCZYK.

Financial Services Committee (FSC)
Harald WAIGLEIN (AT) has been reappointed chair for a second two-year term starting on 14 June. WAIGLEIN is Director General at the Austrian Ministry of Economics and Finance

Public Affairs

International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC)
Björn ULVAEUS, co-founder of ABBA, has been appointed President for a three-year term. ULVAEUS succeeds French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel JARRE, who held the Presidency for seven years.

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National News

Emmanuel Macron’s special adviser for Europe, Clément BEAUNE, will leave his role at the end of the summer reports Rym Momtaz from Politico.

Parliamentary speaker Elzbieta WITEK has announced that presidential elections will be held on 28 June.

Meanwhile, the ruling Law and Justice party (ECR) won a vote of confidence in parliament on Thursday, which it had unexpectedly called, to bolster support before the presidential election.

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