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Macron nominates ally Sylvie Goulard as European Commissioner

Sylvie Goulard, deputy governor at the French central bank, will be nominated as France’s next European commissioner, according to senior French officials. She is a close ally of President Emmanuel Macron.

Goulard is an expert of economics and European affairs, however, it is believed that she might face criticism over the alleged misappropriation of EU funds by her party members during her tenure in the European Parliament.

She formerly served as an adviser to Romano Prodi, the ex-Commission president, and was also a Member of European Parliament (MEP) representing the liberal ALDE group from 2009 to 2017. Goulard has also worked as a rapporteur on a number of eminent economic files, such as, eurozone governance and more.

In 2017, she was appointed as defense minister by Macron, but she gave up on her role after a month, following a legal probe whether she used assistants inaptly while serving as an MEP. She still remains under suspicions, and according to many officials those are likely to ravel her nomination proceedings in the European Parliament.

Fluent in German and Italian, if Goulard garners the backing of Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, along with the European Parliament, she will supersede Pierre Moscovici as the French commissioner.

However, her role and portfolio are not officially out, but French officials have confirmed that the government is seeking for a core economic job.

Macron hinted to von der Leyen France’s focus on either of climate and energy or economic portfolio during their meeting in Paris in July. But as per an Elysee official, it would also be determined by the profile of the proposed candidate.

“We’ve said we are interested in a portfolio that has meaning in terms of our big political priorities,” the official said. “Economic reform, industrial policy and competition policy have meaning in terms of the agenda.”

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