European Commissioner for Transport

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European Commissioner for Transport
Violeta Bulc 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Violeta Bulc

since 1 November 2014
Appointer Jean-Claude Juncker
Term length Five years
Formation 1958

The Commissioner for Transport is the member of the European Commission. The current commissioner is Violeta Bulc.

The portfolio is responsible for the development of transport infrastructure in the European Union such as road and rail networks but also navigation systems such as the Galileo positioning system.

Tajani (2008–2010)[edit]

Antonio Tajani was Commissioner from 2008 to 2010. Being head of the Forza Italia delegation in Europe, on 8 May 2008 he was appointed by the newly elected Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, as Italy's EU Commissioner. He replaced Franco Frattini who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Barrot (2004–2008)[edit]

Commissioner Barrot was approved by the European Parliament in 2004 and made a Vice-President in the Barroso Commission. However shortly after he began work, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage revealed Barrot had previously been convicted of fraud in 2000. French President Jacques Chirac had granted him presidential amnesty. A fact the Commissioner did not disclose during his hearing to the Parliament. Despite calls from some MEPs for him to be suspended he remained in office.

A major project during his term is the Galileo positioning system. Work on the system began a year before Barrot came to office and has developed since with the launch of the first satellite. However infighting within private sector partners may be a potential setback to the project with Barrot favouring greater funds from the EU budget [1]. Other work includes recent guarantees of air passenger rights [2] and the Single European Sky.

List of commissioners[edit]

Name Country Period Commission
1 Michel Rasquin  Luxembourg 1958 Hallstein Commission
2 Lambert Schaus  Luxembourg 1958–1967 Hallstein Commission
3 Victor Bodson  Luxembourg 1967–1970 Rey Commission
4 Albert Coppé  Belgium 1970–1973 Malfatti Commission, Mansholt Commission
5 Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza  Italy 1973–1977 Ortoli Commission
6 Richard Burke  Ireland 1977–1981 Jenkins Commission
7 Giorgios Contogeorgis  Greece 1981–1985 Thorn Commission
8 Stanley Clinton Davis  United Kingdom 1985–1988 Delors Commission
9 Karel Van Miert  Belgium 1989–1992 Delors Commission II
10 Abel Matutes  Spain 1993–1994 Delors Commission III
11 Marcelino Oreja  Spain 1994–1995 Delors Commission III
12 Neil Kinnock  United Kingdom 1995–1999 Santer Commission, Marín Commission
13 Loyola de Palacio  Spain 1999–2004 Prodi Commission
14 Jacques Barrot  France 2004–2008 Barroso Commission I
15 Antonio Tajani  Italy 2008–2010 Barroso Commission I
16 Siim Kallas  Estonia 2010-2014 Barroso Commission II
16 Violeta Bulc  Slovenia 2014 onwards Juncker Commission I

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