According to the treaties, the President decides on the organisation of the Commission and allocates portfolios to individual Commissioners. The President also sets the Commission’s policy agenda.
The President represents the Commission in European Council meetings, G7 and G20 summits, summits with non-EU countries and major debates in the European Parliament and the Council.
President von der Leyen was appointed by national leaders and elected by the European Parliament after she presented her Political Guidelines.
These guidelines were inspired by her discussions with the parliament’s political groups, as well as by the European Council’s strategic agenda for 2019-2024. They set the work of the European institutions around six headline ambitions for Europe for this period:
- a European Green Deal
- a Europe fit for the digital age
- an economy that works for people
- a stronger Europe in the world
- promoting our European way of life
- a new push for European democracy