President of the European Commission

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President of the
European Commission
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Ioannes Claudius Juncker die 7 Martis 2014.jpg
Incumbent
Jean-Claude Juncker

since 1 November 2014
European Commission
Institutions of the European Union
StatusHead of an Institution
Member ofEuropean Commission
European Council (non-voting)
Reports toEuropean Parliament
European Council
ResidenceBerlaymont building
SeatBrussels, Belgium
NominatorEuropean Council
on the basis of the latest European elections
AppointerEuropean Parliament
Term lengthFive years, renewable
Constituting instrumentTreaties of the European Union
Inaugural holderWalter Hallstein
Formation1 January 1958
DeputyFirst Vice-President of the European Commission
Salary306.655 euro annually [1]
Websiteec.europa.eu

The President of the European Commission is the head of the European Commission. It is the executive branch of the European Union. The President of the Commission leads a cabinet of Commissioners.

Background[change | change source]

The President of the Commission also represents the EU abroad, together with the President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The post was established in 1958. Each new President is nominated by the European Council and formally elected by the European Parliament, for a five-year term.

The current President is Jean-Claude Juncker, who took office on 1 November 2014. He is a member of the European People's Party (EPP) and is the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg.

List of Presidents[change | change source]

Commission of the European Economic Community (1958–1967)[change | change source]

Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Term of office Tenure Commission Party Group Country
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F004665-0003, Walter Hallstein.jpg Walter Hallstein
(1901–1982)
1 January 1958 5 July 1967 9 years, 185 days Hallestein CDU CD  West Germany

Commission of the European Communities (1967–2009) and European Commission (2009–present)[change | change source]

Parties

  European People's Party   ALDE Party/ELDR Party   Party of European Socialists   European Progressive Democrats

Portrait Name
(birth–death)
Term of office Tenure Commission Party Group Country Electoral mandate
Jean Rey World Economic Forum 1975.jpg Jean Rey
(1902–1983)
5 July 1967 1 July 1970 2 years, 361 days Rey PRL LIB  Belgium
Franco Maria Malfatti crop.jpg Franco Maria Malfatti
(1927–1991)
1 July 1970 1 March 1972 1 year, 244 days Malfatti DC CD  Italy
Sicco Mansholt 1974 (1).jpg Sicco Mansholt
(1908–1995)
1 March 1972 5 January 1973 310 days Mansholt PvdA SOC  Netherlands
François-Xavier Ortoli (1973) (cropped).jpg François-Xavier Ortoli
(1925–2007)
5 January 1973 5 January 1977 4 years Ortoli UDR EPD  France
Roy Jenkins 1977b.jpg Roy Jenkins
(1920–2003)
5 January 1977 19 January 1981 4 years, 14 days Jenkins Lab SOC  United Kingdom 1979
Thorn Van Agt 1980 cropped.jpg Gaston Thorn
(1928–2007)
19 January 1981 6 January 1985 3 years, 353 days Thorn DP LD  Luxembourg
Bundesarchiv B 145 Bild-F078267-0023, Bonn, Ministerpräsidenten mit EU-Kommissar Delors-CROPPED.jpg Jacques Delors
(born 1925)
6 January 1985 24 January 1995 10 years, 18 days Delors PS SOC  France 1984
1989
Jacques Santer.jpg Jacques Santer
(born 1937)
24 January 1995 15 March 1999[a] 4 years, 50 days Santer CSV EPP  Luxembourg 1994
Immanuel Marín die 23 Novembris 2009.jpg Manuel Marín (interim)
(1949–2017)
15 March 1999 17 September 1999 186 days Santer PSOE SOC  Spain
Romano Prodi in Nova Gorica (2c).jpg Romano Prodi
(born 1939)
17 September 1999 22 November 2004 5 years, 66 days Prodi Dem ELDR  Italy 1999
Barroso EPP Summit October 2010.jpg José Manuel Barroso
(born 1956)
22 November 2004 1 November 2014 9 years, 344 days Barroso PSD EPP  Portugal 2004
2009
Ioannes Claudius Juncker die 7 Martis 2014.jpg Jean-Claude Juncker
(born 1954)
1 November 2014 Incumbent 4 years, 278 days Juncker CSV EPP  Luxembourg 2014

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Santer resigned before his mandate expired. His commission served in caretaker capacity under Marín till September. Replaced by Prodi, who completed Santer's mandate to 22 January 2000, when they were reappointed on their own mandate.

References[change | change source]

  1. "European Commission salaries". European Voice (Politico) (Supplement: The Companion to the European Commission): 56. February 2015. http://www.politico.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Commission-companion-full.pdf. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 

Other websites[change | change source]