Maroš Šefčovič

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Maroš Šefčovič
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European Commissioner for the Energy Union
Assumed office
1 November 2014
PresidentJean-Claude Juncker
Preceded byGünther Oettinger (Energy)
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
Acting
In office
16 October 2012 – 28 November 2012
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byJohn Dalli
Succeeded byTonio Borg
European Commissioner for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration
In office
9 February 2010 – 1 November 2014
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byMargot Wallström (Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy)
Siim Kallas (Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud)
Succeeded byFrans Timmermans (Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights)
European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
In office
1 October 2009 – 9 February 2010
PresidentJosé Manuel Barroso
Preceded byJán Figeľ
Succeeded byAndroulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth)
Personal details
Born (1966-07-24) 24 July 1966 (age 52)
Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
(now Slovakia)
Political partyDirection-Social Democracy
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
Spouse(s)Ingrid Šefčovič
Children3
Alma materUniversity of Economics
Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Comenius University, Bratislava

Maroš Šefčovič (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmaroʃ ˈʃeftʃoʋitʃ]; born 24 July 1966) is a Slovak diplomat serving as Vice-President of the European Commission since 2014. He was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture & Youth from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of the Commission, a role he served until 2014. His area of responsibility includes the administration of the Commission, including management of some of the Commission's Internal Services; in particular consolidation of administrative reform, personnel and administration, European Schools and security. Since 2014 he serves as Vice President of the Commission for the Energy Union, he was previously slated to become the Commissioner for Transport.

Diplomatic career[edit]

Between 1985 and 1990, Šefčovič studied at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Šefčovič is a former Slovak diplomat, who has served in Zimbabwe, Canada and ambassador to Israel. From 2004–2009 he was the Slovak Permanent Representative to the European Union.[1]

Member of the European Commission[edit]

European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, 2009–2010[edit]

Šefčovič replaced Ján Figeľ as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth on 1 October 2009. José Manuel Barroso was Acting Commissioner in his stead, from 19 April 2014 to 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament.[2] He ultimately decided not to take up his seat.

Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration, 2010–2014[edit]

Responsibilities included the administration of the Commission, including management of some of the Commission's Internal Services; in particular consolidation of administrative reform, personnel and administration, European Schools and security.[3]

Vice-President of the European Commission, 2014–present[edit]

Šefčovič was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union in 2014.[4]

In July 2015, he brokered an agreement between fifteen countries from central, eastern and southeast Europe to speed up the building of gas links, improve security of supply, reduce their reliance on Russia and develop a fully integrated energy market.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Šefčovič is married and has three children.[1]

Notes and references[edit]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Ján Figeľ
Slovak European Commissioner
2009–present
Incumbent
European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth
2009–2010
Succeeded by
Androulla Vassiliou
as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
Preceded by
Margot Wallström
as European Commissioner for Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy
European Commissioner for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration
2010–2014
Succeeded by
Frans Timmermans
as European Commissioner for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, Rule of Law and Charter of Fundamental Rights
Preceded by
Siim Kallas
as European Commissioner for Administrative Affairs, Audit and Anti-Fraud
Preceded by
John Dalli
European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy
Acting

2012
Succeeded by
Tonio Borg
Preceded by
Günther Oettinger
as European Commissioner for Energy
European Commissioner for the Energy Union
2014–present
Incumbent