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A Vice President of the European Commission is a post in the European Commissionmarker usually occupied by more than one member of the Commission.

Role and benefits

The post of Vice President is given to a Commissioner in addition to their usual portfolio. There are usually a number of them, selected by the Commission President though they have little extra power but are seen as important in appointments.

A Vice President does however earn more than a normal Commissioner, 241,422 euro as opposed to 217,280 euro. In comparison, the President earns 266,530 euro.

First Vice President

The First-Vice-President usually takes on the main role of a Vice-President: taking over from the President in their absence. The current First-Vice-President is Margot Wallström who is also in charge of the Commissions communication strategy, thereby acting as a major public face of the Commission.

Barroso Commission

Besides First Vice-President Wallström, who is in charge of Institutional Relations & Communication Strategy, there are presently 4 other Vice Presidents in the current Barroso Commission. Only one is from the members who joined in 2004, the other three are from 3 of the four largest member states (the UK did not get a Vice-Presidency, but did gain the important Trade portfolio);

Lisbon changes

Under the Treaty of Lisbon, due to be ratified by 2009, one Vice President would also be the new position of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, appointed in part by the European Council like the President.

Historical Vice Presidents

Legend:   [     ] Socialist (PES) - [     ] Liberal (ALDE) - [     ] People's (EPP-ED)
Commission Entered office Left office Name State Party
Hallstein I
7 January 1958 9 January 1962 Sicco L. Mansholt PvdA
7 January 1958 9 January 1962 Robert Marjolin SFIO
7 January 1958 15 September 1959 Piero Malvestiti DC
Hallstein II
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Sicco L. Mansholt PvdA
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Robert Marjolin SFIO
10 January 1962 15 May 1963 Giuseppe Caron DC
30 July 1964 30 June 1967 Guido Colonna ind.
Rey
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Sicco L. Mansholt PvdA
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Lionello Sandri PSI
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Fritz Hellwig CDU
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Raymond Barre cap
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Wilhelm Haferkamp ind.
Malfatti
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Sicco L. Mansholt PvdA
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Wilhelm Haferkamp ind.
Mansholt
22 March 1972 5 January 1973 Wilhelm Haferkamp ind.
Ortoli
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Patrick Hillery Fianna Fáil
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Wilhelm Haferkamp SPD
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Henri Simonet PS
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Christopher Soames Con.
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza ind.
Jenkins
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Wilhelm Haferkamp SPD
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Henk Vredeling PvdA
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Finn Olav Gundelach ind.
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 François-Xavier Ortoli Gaullista
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Lorenzo Natali DCI
Thorn
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 Christopher Tugendhat Con.
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 François-Xavier Ortoli ind.
Delors I
6 January 1985 September 1989 Frans Andriessen CDA
6 January 1985 September 1989 Henning Christophersen Venstre
6 January 1985 September 1989 Arthur Francis Cockfield Con.
6 January 1985 September 1989 Karl-Heinz Narjes CDU
6 January 1985 September 1989 Lorenzo Natali DC
5 January 1986 September 1989 Manuel Marín PSOE
Delors II
January 1988 September 1992 Frans Andriessen CDA
January 1988 September 1992 Martin Bangemann FDP
January 1988 September 1992 Leon Brittan Con.
January 1988 September 1992 Henning Christophersen Venstre
January 1988 September 1992 Manuel Marín PSOE
January 1988 September 1992 Filippo Maria Pandolfi DC
Delors III
January 1992 22 January 1995 Martin Bangemann FDP
January 1992 22 January 1995 Leon Brittan Con.
January 1992 22 January 1995 Henning Christophersen Venstre
January 1992 22 January 1995 Manuel Marín PSOE
January 1992 22 January 1995 Karel Van Miert PS
January 1992 22 January 1995 Antonio Ruberti PSI
Santer
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Leon Brittan Con.
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Manuel Marín PSOE
Marín
16 March 1999 15 September 1999 Leon Brittan Con.
Prodi
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Neil Kinnock Labour
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Loyola de Palacio PP
Barroso
22 November 2004 incumbent Margot Wallström SDWP
22 November 2004 incumbent Günter Verheugen PSD
22 November 2004 incumbent Jacques Barrot UMP
22 November 2004 incumbent Siim Kallas ERP
22 November 2004 8 May 2008 Franco Frattini FI
9 May 2008 incumbent Antonio Tajani FI


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References

  1. What does an EU commissioner do?, BBC News
  2. The new commission
  3. Commissioner's corner



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