On September 10th, the new college of commissioners was announced by Jean-Claude Juncker:
In the Juncker Commission, there will be 6 Vice-Presidents. They will be in charge of a number of well-defined priority projects and will steer and coordinate work across the Commission in the key areas of the Political Guidelines
The Vice President in charge of the Energy Union is Alenka Bratušek, Slovenia.
The Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy will be Miguel Arias Cañete (Spain).
Alenka Bratušek will lead the project team:
“A Resilient Energy Union with a Forward-Looking Climate Change Policy”
Jean-Claude Juncker: “I want to reform and reorganise Europe’s energy policy into a new European Energy Union. We need to pool our resources, combine our infrastructures and unite our negotiating power vis-à-vis third countries. We need to diversify our energy sources, and reduce the high energy dependency of several of our Member States.”
The European Union needs a resilient Energy Union. Diversifying our energy sources, and reducing the high energy dependency of several of our Member States will make the European Union more independent whilst strengthening the share of renewable energies and increasing Europe’s energy efficiency will help create jobs and reduce costs. This will notably include a binding 30 % objective for energy efficiency by 2030, as called for by President-elect Juncker in his speech before the European Parliament on 15 July. The Vice-President for Energy Union will notably be tasked with reforming and reorganising Europe’s energy policy into a new European Energy Union. The Vice-President for Energy Union will steer and coordinate in particular the work of the Commissioners for Climate Action and Energy; Transport and Space; Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries; Regional Policy; Agriculture and Rural Development; and Research, Science and Innovation.