The President of the European Commission, Mr Juncker, gave the Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality portfolio to 50 year old Czech candidate, Ms Věra Jourová. Ms Jourová is vice-chairwoman of the centre-right party ANO (Action of Dissatisfied Citizens). Since November 2013 she has served as a member of the Chamber of Deputies and in January 2014 she was appointed as Minister of Regional Development.
Ms Jourová has also worked as a law clerk and consultant in the field of European funds, strategic planning and regional development. She led the negotiation team for EU funds with the European Commission and the European Investment Bank.
Between 2006 and 2013, as a consultant, she provided advice not only in the Czech Republic but also in Russia, the Balkans and the Baltic countries. Vera Jourová was also active at municipal level in the position of Head of the Department of Regional Development, where she was in charge of development and investment projects within the Vysocina region (2001-2003). Last but not least she held the post of secretary and spokeswoman of the municipal authority in the town of Trebic.
Ms Jourová must now submit to a grilling from the Parliament at a hearing in the coming weeks. The European Parliament will have to validate all of the new college of Commissioners at its plenary session in Strasburg on 22 October 2014. The new Commission should then take office from 3 November.