Social Platform statement on new European Commission nominations

We welcome today’s announcement by European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen that her new European Commission will include a focus on an economy that works for people, democracy, and values. This can become a step in the right direction towards creating an EU that leaves no one behind, but they are worrying signs telling that this won’t be the case.

Valdis Dombrovskis, nominated as Vice-President to lead this work, must ensure that economic considerations are re-balanced by social considerations so that the aspirations of the President-elect are met.

We are happy to see Nicolas Schmit nominated as Commissioner for Jobs, but we want to see a strong political commitment to Employment and Social Affairs as in the previous Commission, which should include clear objectives to tackle poverty and inequalities.

We welcome the nomination Helena Dalli as a Commissioner for Equality and hope that she will embark on an ambitious road towards ensuring equality for all people in the European Union.

Regarding European democracy, the Commission will have to walk the talk when it comes to participation. We hope that the President-elect will further clarify how she intends to strengthen civil dialogue over the coming five years and we stand ready to cooperate.