President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen

According to the treaties, the President decides on the organisation of the Commission and allocates portfolios to individual Commissioners. The President also sets the Commission’s policy agenda.

The President represents the Commission in European Council meetings, G7 and G20 summits, summits with non-EU countries and major debates in the European Parliament and the Council.

President von der Leyen was appointed by national leaders and elected by the European Parliament after she presented her Political Guidelines.

These guidelines were inspired by her discussions with the parliament’s political groups, as well as by the European Council’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. They set the work of the European institutions around six headline ambitions for Europe for this period:


European Commission

Principal roles in strategy and policy

The European Commission plays an active role in developing the EU’s overall strategy and in designing and implementing EU policies. It evaluates and reports on its policies on a regular basis.

Setting strategic priorities

Along with the other main EU institutions, the European Commission develops the overall strategy and political direction of the EU.

Every five years, at the beginning of a new Commission term, the president of the Commission also determines the political priorities for its upcoming term of office.

The Commission turns these priorities into concrete actions on a yearly basis through an annual work programme, which sets out a plan of action for the next twelve months.

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