Romania’s Adina-Ioana Vălean has been picked to be the next transport commissioner by Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.
“The president-elect decided for Adina Vălean to take on the portfolio of transport,” a spokesman for the transition team said in a statement, describing Vălean as “an experienced MEP.”
She was chosen after Romania today put forward two candidates for the position, Vălean and fellow MEP Siegfried Mureșan. Gender balance has been a major consideration for von der Leyen in assembling her Commission.
Vălean, from the European People’s Party, is currently the chair of the European Parliament’s energy and industry committee and has also served as chair of the environment committee. She has experience of budget, transport, energy and digital policy.
The 51-year-old is one of Romania’s most senior MEPs. She joined the Parliament as an observer in 2006, before Romania became an EU member, and continued as an MEP the following year.
The spokesman also noted Vălean has been rapporteur for the Connecting Europe Facility, the budget program that funds infrastructure for transport, energy and digital services. “Through this she worked on connected cars and decarbonization of vehicles,” he said.
Both Vălean and Mureșan had interviews with von der Leyen today and both “did well,” the spokesman said.
Vălean’s confirmation hearing in the European Parliament is set for November 14.
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