Bulgaria's Mariya Gabriel nominated to be European Commissioner for Innovation and Youth

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Ursula von der Leyen has met a key pledge for gender balance with her team line-up.

"I think it is very important to have together a very good free trade agreement because I think it will be determining the good relations we want to have in the future", von der Leyen said. The Dane Margrethe Vestager will continue as commissioner for competition and a Europe fit for the digital age, while her Latvian colleague, Valdis Dombrovskis, was given the financial services portfolio.

The new college will have eight vice-presidents, including the high-representative of the European Union for foreign policy and security policy (Josep Borrell).

Irishman Phil Hogan was appointed on Tuesday to lead the European Union's worldwide trade affairs from November, a clear message to London as the sides prepare to negotiate a new deal after Brexit.

Hogan's name was among 25 new commissioners in von der Leyen's team, set to take up their posts on November 1, once they have been vetted by the European Parliament.

The candidates of Bulgaria and Romania (Mariya Gabriel and Rovana Plumb) have been proposed as the commissioners for innovation and youth, and transport respectively.

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Long-serving member of the Estonian parliament and Minister for Economic Affairs and Infrastructure, Kadri Simson will be in charge of the energy.

Ursula von der Leyen, described Mr Hogan as a tough but fair negotiator.

Finland's Jutta Urpilainen will assume the charge of global partnerships.

"As a senior member of the EU Commission, Phil Hogan has the opportunity to put a firm footprint on commission policy". She will also be responsible for the new Directorate-General for Defense Industry and Space.

The areas of responsibility for the 27 Commissioners-designate of the European Union have been defined. "I am excited to work on this for the next five years and looking forward to my hearing in the European parliament to discuss how we plan to build a clean and sustainable European economy that leaves nobody behind".

They will be both Vice-President responsible for one of three core topics of the President-elect's agenda and Commissioners.Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans (Netherlands) will coordinate the work on the European Green Deal.

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