President-elect Jean Claude Juncker has announced the allocation of responsibilities in his new team, and I am thrilled and excited to receive the Transport and Space portfolio. High quality infrastructure is the backbone of any competitive economy. This is a strong economic portfolio that has a direct impact on all Europeans and their quality of life.
Europe's institutions must work closely together to implement their common agenda for boosting jobs and growth, Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič urged EU foreign and European affairs ministers on 29 August.
Speaking at an informal ministerial meeting organised in Milan by the Italian Presidency of the EU on the eve of the European Council that decided on the remaining top EU jobs, VP Šefčovič stressed the importance of moving on rapidly and effectively from this period of change in the EU institutions.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič attended the meeting of the chairs of the European affairs committees of the EU national parliaments (COSAC) in Rome on 18 July to take part in a discussion on the likely future development of the EU following the 2014 elections.
A new programme from the European Commission will help Member States' administrations to cooperate more easily with each other and improve the quality of the public services they offer to citizens.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič visited Paris on 18-19 June for high-level talks on the future of Europe and for a conference on transparency hosted by the European Voice newspaper.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič joined European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Strasbourg on 16 April to sign an updated version of the transparency register managed jointly by the two institutions.
A two-day trip to Sweden was the chance for Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič to praise Swedish MPs for their commitment to playing a part in EU decision-making and to urge young Swedish voters to exercise their democrat rights in next May's European elections.
When more than 1.6 million EU citizens call on the European Commission to take action to protect the right to water, it is important to respond positively – and that is exactly what the Commission did on 19 March with the adoption of its communication on the first successful European Citizen's Initiative, Right2Water.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič marked International Women's Day by highlighting the European Commission’s achievements in equal opportunities at a conference on 7 March. The targets he set in 2010 for the three areas where women were under-represented - 25% for senior management, 30% for middle management and 43% for non-management administrator posts - have already been met, 11 months ahead of schedule.
The second successful European Citizens' Initiative, One of Us, was submitted to the European Commission on 28 February after validation of its signatures of support by all Member State authorities. Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič welcomed the submission.