Vice-President of the European Commission

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A Vice-President of the European Commission is a post in the European Commission usually occupied by more than one member of the Commission. Since the 2009 Lisbon Treaty entered into force, one of these is ex officio the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, with the remaining being appointed at the discretion of the Commission President.

Role and benefits[edit]

Any Vice-President occupies this role in addition to the usual portfolio as Commissioner. Although the post of Vice-President gives little extra power, it is seen as important in appointments.

Commission salaries are set as a percentage of the top civil service grade. Vice-Presidents are paid at 125% (€22,122.10 monthly), in comparison to 112.5% (€19,909.89) for normal Commissioners and 138% (€24,422.80) for the President.[1][2] The first Vice-President however, as he or she is also the High Representative, is paid at 130% (€23,006.98).[3] There are further allowances on top of these figures.[1]

First Vice-President[edit]

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 Catherine Ashton who is also the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy as provided for under the Treaty of Lisbon.

Historical Vice-Presidents[edit]

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 Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
7 January 1958 9 January 1962 Robert Marjolin  France SFIO
7 January 1958 15 September 1959 Piero Malvestiti  Italy DC
Hallstein II
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Sicco Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Robert Marjolin  France SFIO
10 January 1962 15 May 1963 Giuseppe Caron  Italy DC
30 July 1965 30 June 1967 Lionello Sandri  Italy PSI
Rey
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Sicco Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Lionello Sandri  Italy PSI
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Fritz Hellwig  West Germany CDU
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Raymond Barre  France UDF
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
Malfatti
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Sicco Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
Mansholt
22 March 1972 5 January 1973 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
Ortoli
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Patrick Hillery  Ireland FF
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Henri Simonet  Belgium PS
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Christopher Soames  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza  Italy DC
Jenkins
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Henk Vredeling  Netherlands PvdA
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Finn Olav Gundelach  Denmark SD
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 François-Xavier Ortoli  France RPR
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Lorenzo Natali  Italy DC
Thorn
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 Christopher Tugendhat  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 François-Xavier Ortoli  France RPR
Delors I
6 January 1985 5 January 1989 Frans Andriessen  Netherlands CDA
6 January 1985 5 January 1989 Arthur Cockfield  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1985 5 January 1989 Karl-Heinz Narjes  West Germany CDU
6 January 1985 5 January 1989 Lorenzo Natali  Italy DC
5 January 1986 5 January 1989 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
Delors II
5 January 1989 6 January 1993 Frans Andriessen  Netherlands CDA
5 January 1989 6 January 1993 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
5 January 1989 6 January 1993 Henning Christophersen  Denmark Venstre
5 January 1989 6 January 1993 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
5 January 1989 6 January 1993 Filippo Maria Pandolfi  Italy DC
Delors III
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Martin Bangemann  Germany FDP
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Henning Christophersen  Denmark Venstre
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Karel Van Miert  Belgium Sp.a
6 January 1993 22 January 1995 Antonio Ruberti  Italy PSI
Santer
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
Marín
16 March 1999 15 September 1999 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
Prodi
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Neil Kinnock  United Kingdom Labour
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Loyola de Palacio  Spain PP
Barroso I
22 November 2004 9 February 2010 Margot Wallström  Sweden SAP
22 November 2004 9 February 2010 Günter Verheugen  Germany PSD
22 November 2004 9 February 2010 Jacques Barrot  France UMP
22 November 2004 9 February 2010 Siim Kallas  Estonia ERP
22 November 2004 8 May 2008 Franco Frattini  Italy FI
9 May 2008 9 February 2010 Antonio Tajani  Italy FI
Barroso II
9 February 2010 present Catherine Ashton  United Kingdom Labour
9 February 2010 1 July 2014 Viviane Reding  Luxembourg CSV
9 February 2010 present Joaquín Almunia  Spain PSOE
9 February 2010 present Siim Kallas  Estonia ERP
9 February 2010 present Neelie Kroes  Netherlands VVD
9 February 2010 1 July 2014 Antonio Tajani  Italy PDL
9 February 2010 present Maroš Šefčovič  Slovakia Smer
27 October 2011 1 July 2014 Olli Rehn  Finland SK
1 July 2014 present Michel Barnier  France UMP
1 July 2014 present Günther Oettinger  Germany CDU
16 July 2014 present Jyrki Katainen  Finland KOK
Juncker
1 November 2014 Designate Frans Timmermans  Netherlands PvdA
1 November 2014 Designate Federica Mogherini  Italy PD
1 November 2014 Designate Kristalina Georgieva  Bulgaria GERB
1 November 2014 Designate Jyrki Katainen  Finland KOK
1 November 2014 Designate Valdis Dombrovskis  Latvia Unity
1 November 2014 Designate Andrus Ansip  Estonia ERP
1 November 2014 Designate TBD  Slovenia
  • First Vice-Presidents are in italics.

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