PRESIDENT - Jean-Claude Juncker
The President is the head of the European Commission. According to the Treaties, he decides on the organisation of the Commission, allocates portfolios to members of the Commission and can make changes at any time. The President also determines the Commission's policy agenda, defending the general European interest. The President was elected by the European Parliament on the basis of his Political Guidelines that were formed drawing on his contacts with the parliamentary committees and the strategic guidelines for the Union presented by the European Council of 27 June 2014:
The President of the Commission chairs their weekly meetings and sets its policy agenda. He represents the Commission in:
* European Council meetings
* G7 and G20 summits
* Bilateral summits with third countries
* Major debates in the European Parliament and the Council (with representatives of national governments)
The European Union established a Commission to act as their executive and to promote its general interests. The Commission is composed of the College of Commissioners comprised of 28 members, including the President and Vice-Presidents. The Commissioners, one from each EU country, are the Commission's political leadership during a 5-year term. Each Commissioner is assigned responsibility for specific policy areas by the President.
THE COMMISSION - Group photograph of the European Commissioners in 2017.
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