The Commissioner for the Security Union will support the implementation of theEuropean Agenda on Security that the European Commission adopted on 28 April 2015. He will contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union, as the Commission announced in its Communication of 20 April 2016 on delivering on the European Agenda on Security.
A Mission Letter sent today by President Juncker to Sir Julian King details his main tasks and responsibilities as Commissioner in charge of the Security Union.
The Commissioner for the Security Union will work in the project team and under the guidance of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, in charge of Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights. He will support and complement the work of Dimitris Avramopoulos, the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship. A Task Force composed of experts from several Directorates-General and supervised by the Director-General for Home Affairs will support the Commissioner for Security Union. This Task Force will in particular include experts from the Directorates-General for Home Affairs (HOME), Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE), Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) as well as Energy (DG ENER). As this is a new portfolio that complements existing portfolios, the responsibilities of the other Commissioners remain untouched.
On the choice of the portfolio, President Juncker consulted over the past weeks the President of the European Parliament as well as several other leading Members of the European Parliament. He also informed last night Prime Minister Theresa May of his choice.
Procedurally, the new Commissioner of British nationality is appointed by the Council of the EU by common accord with the President of the Commission after consultation of the European Parliament. In addition, the Interinstitutional Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission foresees that the President of the Commission “seriously considers” the results of the consultation of the European Parliament before giving his accord to the decision of the Council to appoint the new Commissioner (para 6 of the Framework Agreement).
President Juncker is sending today a letter to Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament informing the latter of his intention to allocate to Sir Julian King the responsibility for the Security Union portfolio. This letter is sent in copy to Robert Fico, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic, currently holding the rotating Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
From the moment the Council formally consults the European Parliament, Sir Julian King will be Commissioner-Designate. He will then have the right to draw on the relevant Commission services to prepare for his exchange of views with the European Parliament. Prior to his appointment by the Council, by common accord with the President of the Commission, he will not be taking part in College meetings.