Kadri Simson will be European Commissioner for energy

BRUSSEL – European Commissioner for energy in the new composition of the European Commission (EC) from November 1 will be Kadri Simson from Estonia. This was stated on Tuesday at a press conference in Brussels, the appointed Chairman of the EC of the next convocation Ursula von der Leyen.

“Kadri Simson for many years was a member of the Estonian Parliament, was the Minister of economy and infrastructure. She will be in charge of energy,” von der Leyen said.

In the current EC, this position is occupied by Slovak Maros Sefcovic, who moves to its new composition, but from November 1 will be responsible for relations between EU institutions.

Von der Leyen voiced her proposals on the distribution of powers between future European commissioners – candidates from 25 EU countries, except for the UK, which is leaving the community. There are no representatives of Germany and Spain on the list, as German von der Leyen will head the EC, and Spaniard Josep Borrel will become the new EU foreign policy chief after Federica Mogherini. Formally, it will also obey von der Leyen and will become part of the EC. The new European Commission is due to start work on November 1.