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Who are the Key Commissioners for Sustainability for 2019-2024?

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Discover the three Commissioners that will be responsible for the implementation of the European Green Deal for Europe proposed by President-Elect von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines for 2019-2024


The next Commissioners led by President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen will be responsible for putting sustainability at the core of their portfolio, and the College as a whole will be accountable for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Amongst the 28 Commissioners that are waiting to take office,* three are the key figures responsible for the implementation of the sustainability agenda outlined by President-Elect von der Leyen in her Political Guidelines 2019-2024. 

First Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans

Timmermans will be in charge of implementing the “European Green Deal” and will also act as Climate Action Commissioner. He will set the strategic direction for the European Union on sustainability, as well as the EU Climate portfolio focussing on the following areas:

  • EU climate-neutrality commitments for 2030 and 2050
  • Just Transition Fund
  • 2030 Biodiversity Strategy
  • EU zero-pollution ambitions
  • Farm to Fork strategy
  • Sustainable and smart mobility
  • European Climate Law & Climate Pact
  • Tax policy to support climate ambitions

Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis

The Latvian Commissioner will be busy implementing “An Economy that Works for People”. The key priorities of his portfolio will be:

  • Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights to ensure gender equality
  • Sustainable Finance Action Plan 2.0, for which a public consultation will be opened soon
  • Fight against money laundry
  • Inclusion of the SDGs in the European Semester

Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius

The Lithuanian Commissioner will coordinate the work revolving around the environment and the protection of the oceans. For now, the main dossier that he will put forward are:

  • Biodiversity Strategy for 2030
  • A new Circular Economy Action Plan
  • Collaborate with First Executive VP Timmermans on the European Green Deal
  • Measures in support of a Just Transition
  • New approach for a sustainable blue economy


More information:

Ursula von der Leyen’s Political Guidelines

Listen to the EU Webinar “The New EU Commission 2019-2024”for members only


* The von der Leyen Commission was supposed to take office on 1 November 2019. However, the rejection of the French, Hungarian and Romanian Commissioners-designate from the European Parliament, delayed the process.