Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level that will help the Juncker Commission deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond.
Senior management appointments
Today the European Commission decided on a number of appointments concerning its top management level. Appointing the best people to the right positions will help the Juncker Commission deliver strongly in 2018/2019 and beyond.
Today's senior management decisions concern key strategic areas of the Juncker Commission's work, ranging from climate action, research, education, youth and culture via social affairs and employment to the Commission's Secretariat-General and the President's Cabinet. Today's appointments will significantly boost the number of women in the position of Directors-General and Deputy Directors-General from just 11% in November 2014 to 36% now. This is the result of President Juncker's commitment to reach a target of 40% by 31 October 2019.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “With another 20 months to go until the end of the mandate of this Commission, it is now the right time to reinforce our top management so we will be able to deliver strongly on the European Union's strategic agenda. With the wind in our sails, we now need experienced, energetic and strongly motivated sailors to help steer our ship into the right direction. I have insisted on the need to have more women in leading positions in our institution. And it is good to see that with today's decisions, the representation of women in the posts of Director-General and Deputy Director-General of the Commission will rise to 36%. This is good progress that we must continue.”
Following the wish of Secretary-General Alexander Italianer to retire, the European Commission appointed Martin Selmayr as its new Secretary-General, while President Juncker appointed Clara Martinez Alberola as his new Head of Cabinet and Richard Szostak as his new Deputy Head of Cabinet.
Martin Selmayr will be the seventh Secretary-General of the European Commission and Clara Martinez Alberola is the first woman in the history of the European Commission to head the Commission President's office.
The European Commission also decided to appoint five new Deputy Directors-General, four of which are women. This means a four-fold increase in the number of female Deputy Directors-General in the European Commission reaching the target of 40% in this position - up from just 8% at the beginning of the Juncker Commission's mandate.
The Commission decided to fine maritime car carriers and car parts suppliers a total of €546 million in three separate cartel settlements. In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels, in breach of EU antitrust rules. All companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the cases.
21 Februari 2018