- Title: France proposes central banker Goulard as European Commission candidate - source
- Date: 28th August 2019
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (FILE - JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESIDENT ELECT AND THEN GERMAN DEFENCE MINISTER, URSULA VON DER LEYEN AND GOULARD ARRIVING AND SHAKING HANDS GOULARD AND VON DER LEYEN SMILING AT EACH OTHER
- Embargoed: 11th September 2019 10:07
- Keywords: European Union France Emmanuel Macron Sylvie Goulard French Central Bank European commissioner
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: France
- Topics: European Union,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA003AU4UVRB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: France has proposed Sylvie Goulard, the deputy governor of the Bank of France and a former European lawmaker, as its candidate for European Union commissioner, a French diplomatic source told Reuters on Wednesday (August 28).
The move comes with President Emmanuel Macron's government looking to clinch a top portfolio such as trade or climate.
Goulard, a fluent English, German and Italian speaker, has strong European credentials. She was a member of a French foreign ministry legal team that worked on German reunification in 1989 and later served as former European Commission President Romano Prodi's political adviser.
Macron picked Goulard, 54, to be his defence minister after his 2017 election victory. However, she resigned barely a month into the job after an investigation was opened into the way her political party, MoDem, hired parliamentary assistants in the European parliament.
The inquiry continues but Goulard is not its main focus and she is not herself under formal investigation. She has denied any wrongdoing.
European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is expected to name a new college of commissioners by November 1. Each European country is vying for influential jobs.
A French official said on July 17 France was eyeing a "strong economic portfolio" in the new Commission, such as trade or one overseeing climate and energy policy.
The trade portfolio would prove a particularly tough job, coming at a time of heightened tension between the bloc and U.S. President Donald Trump, whose "America First" policy is challenging the EU's free-trade push.
(Production: Pascale Antonie)
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