|European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services|
9 February 2010 – 1 November 2014
|President||José Manuel Barroso|
|Preceded by||Charlie McCreevy|
|Succeeded by||Elżbieta Bieńkowska (Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs)
Jonathan Hill (Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union)
|Minister for Foreign Affairs|
31 March 2004 – 31 March 2005
|Prime Minister||Jean-Pierre Raffarin|
|Preceded by||Dominique de Villepin|
|Succeeded by||Philippe Douste-Blazy|
|European Commissioner for Regional Policy|
13 September 1999 – 31 March 2004
|Preceded by||Monika Wulf-Mathies|
|Succeeded by||Jacques Barrot|
9 January 1951 |
La Tronche, France
|Political party||Rally for the Republic
Union for a Popular Movement (2002–present)
|Alma mater||Paris School of Business
Barnier was appointed Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries in the French government on 18 June 2007, stepping down on 7 June 2009 upon his election as an Member of the European Parliament (MEP). He served as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services under Barroso.
Born at La Tronche in Isère, Rhône-Alpes, Barnier graduated from ESCP Europe in 1972. He served on the staff of various Gaullist ministers in the 1970s, before being elected in 1978, aged 27, to the French National Assembly as Deputy for the Department of Savoie representing the neo-Gaullists, Rally for the Republic (RPR), serving until 1993.
Barnier first joined the French Cabinet as Minister of the Environment following the Right's landslide victory in the 1993 legislative election. In 1995, Jacques Chirac appointed him Secretary of State for European Affairs, serving as such until the defeat of the presidential majority in the 1997 legislative election. Barnier then served as a European Commissioner for Regional Policy in the Prodi Commission from 1999 until 31 March 2004. Then he served as Foreign Minister of France in Jean-Pierre Raffarin's government until 5 June 2005 when Dominique de Villepin replaced him with Philippe Douste-Blazy. He considered he was unjustly sanctioned for the victory of the "No" in the French referendum over the European Constitution.
In March 2006, he was elected Vice President of the European People's Party (EPP) for a three-year term. Under Nicolas Sarkozy's presidency, upon the reshuffle of the French cabinet, caused by the resignation of Alain Juppé after the 2007 French legislative election, he re-joined the French Cabinet as Minister of Agriculture. Considered as one of the main right-wing proponents of European issues, he led the UMP list in Ile-de-France for the 2009 European Parliament election. In February 2010 he was confirmed as European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services. In charge of European banking system reform, he argues for a "coherent single market with intelligent rules that apply everywhere".
He was twice appointed Acting Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship in Antonio Tajani's stead, from 19 April 2014 – 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament and from 1 July 2014 – 16 July 2014 after he took up his seat.
As European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, he handled many important issues, such as the reform of the financial sector (40 pieces of legislation between 2010 and 2014), the banking union (starting with the Single Supervisory Mechanism) and the digital single market.
European Commissioner for Regional Policy : 1999–2004.
Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries : 2007–09.
Minister of Foreign Affairs : 2004–05.
Minister of European Affairs : 1995–97.
Minister of the Environment : 1993–95.
Member of European Parliament : 2009–10 (Resignation).
National Assembly of France
Senate of France
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- Philip Aldrick (30 Nov 2009). "Michel Barnier looks to calm City nerves about reform". The Telegraph (London).
- "Summary of Hearing of Michel Barnier". European Parliament. 2010-01-13.
- Castle, Stephen (12 July 2013). "European Union Offers Berlin Compromise on Bank Proposal". The New York Times.
- EU Observer – Six Commissioners Head for EU Election Campaign Trail
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- Five years of laying the foundations of new growth in Europe (PDF). European Commission. 2014.
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as European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
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