Elisa Ferreira was chosen as European Commissioner with the Cohesion and Reforms portfolio. The choice was announced this Tuesday, September 10, by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Now, the future college of European Commissioners will still have to receive the consent of the European Parliament. Of the 26 names chosen, 14 are men, 13 are women, in a more balanced gender parity college.
Elisa Ferreira has been a director of Banco de Portugal since 2016, and vice-governor of Banco de Portugal since September 2017. At Banco de Portugal, Elsia Ferreira is responsible for the Prudential Supervision Department, and represents Banco de Portugal in the ECB Supervisory Board. Previously, she was MEP by the PS and was part of the two governments of António Guterres (PS).
On the choice of Elisa Ferreira, the prime minister had already guaranteed that he would assume a portfolio "important for Portugal".
The President of the Republic considers that Elisa Ferreira is “a very good name” to represent Portugal in the European Commission, having “a European experience of excellence”.
"She has a European experience of excellence, as a Member and in the knowledge of European affairs," said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on August 29, quoted by Lusa.
Other names have also been announced: the European Commission will have three executive vice presidents: Danes Margrethe Vestager, will continue as Commissioner for Competition, and with powers over the digital agenda; Frans Timmermans will coordinate the European Green Deal, the economic stimulus package to combat climate change; Valdis Dombrovkis, will be Commissioner for Financial Services.