Government Communications Department
Finnish Government nominated Jyrki Katainen as candidate for EU commissioner
On Thursday 10 July, the Finnish Government nominated Jyrki Katainen as its candidate for the next European Commission.
The term of the current Commission will end on 31 October 2014. At the June European Council, the European Heads of State or Government adopted the decision proposing Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Parliament is to vote on his appointment on 15 July. Candidates for the new Commission will be selected after that.
According to the Treaty on European Union, the members of the Commission shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose independence is beyond doubt.
In their duties, the members of the Commission are to promote the general interest of the Union.
Inquiries: Kare Halonen, State Secretary, EU Affairs, tel. +358 295 160 315, Prime Minister’s Office