Prime Minister António Costa has chosen former Minister Elisa Ferreira as European Commissioner and has already communicated it to the new chairman of the commission, the Lusa agency official said in his cabinet.
"The Prime Minister informed the elected president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the name of Elisa Ferreira to join the college of Commissioners of the next European Commission," António Costa's official source told Lusa.
According to the same source, in due course the President-elect of the European Commission will communicate the portfolio assigned to the future Portuguese Commissioner.
Elisa Ferreira was Minister of the Governments headed by António Guterres, Prime Minister of the Environment, between 1995 and 1999, and after Planning, between 1999 and 2002, and since September 2017 she has been Vice-Governor of Banco de Portugal.
Elisa Ferreira will succeed Carlos Moedas, who was commissioner appointed by the previous PSD / CDPP government.
Carlos Moedas was in charge of the Research, Science and Innovation portfolio and was appointed in November 2014.