Ms Elzbieta Bieńkowska (Civic Platform, EPP), designated by the Polish government to join Mr Juncker’s team, has obtained the Internal Market and Industry portfolio. Ms Bieńkowska works closely with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, with extensive experience managing European funds.
She spent part of her administrative career working in the business department of the Silesian Voivodeship where she was involved in the application of the EU’s Phare programme. In 2007, she took charge of the Ministry of Regional Development and in 2013 she became deputy Prime Minister with a dual portfolio: infrastructure and development, extending her former portfolio of Minister of Regional Development to encompass transport, construction and the maritime sector.
In the new Commission, Ms Bieńkowska has obtained the internal market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs portfolio. Consequently, the Directorate General she will be in charge of will merge two others previously managed by two Commissioners.
According to the mission letter addressed to her by Mr Juncker, Ms Bieńkowska will have the objective of completing the internal market and, more specifically, improving the mobility of professionals. To this end, she will work under the responsibility of a Vice-President, Finnish Jyrki Katainen, in charge of Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness. Another important area of work will be to help improve regulations on SMEs, in cooperation with another Vice-President, Dutchman Frans Timmermans.