YPN: Changing of the Guard: Assessing the Priorities of the incoming European Commission

IIEA16th September 20191min
Drawing on her extensive experience as a European Commission official, Catherine Day will present her view on the priorities for the incoming European Commission as well as offer her views on the inter-institutional dynamics which might be at play.



Following May’s European Parliament elections, and the appointment of incoming European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, the next European Commission is set to take office on 1 November 2019. This period of change for the EU offers an opportunity to take stock and reflect on the future direction of the EU. Drawing on her extensive experience as a European Commission official, Catherine Day presents her view on the priorities for the incoming European Commission as well as offering her views on the inter-institutional dynamics which might be at play.

About the Speaker:

Catherine Day served as Secretary-General of the European Commission for a decade from 2005 to 2015. She joined the European Commission in 1979. She served in a number of cabinets, in portfolios such as competition policy and external relations before moving to the Directorate-General for Enlargement in 1997. In 2000, she attained the rank of Deputy Director-General in External Relations, playing a crucial role in the EU’s significant enlargement process. In 2005, she became the EU’s most senior civil servant following her appointment as Secretary-General. Following her retirement from the European Commission, she served as Special Advisor to President Jean-Claude Juncker.