Maroš Šefčovič (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈmaroʃ ˈʃeftʃoʋitʃ]; born 24 July 1966) is a Slovak diplomat serving as Vice-President of the European Commission since 2014. He was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture & Youth from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, he was promoted to Vice President of the Commission, a role he served until 2014. His area of responsibility includes the administration of the Commission, including management of some of the Commission's Internal Services; in particular consolidation of administrative reform, personnel and administration, European Schools and security. Since 2014 he serves as Vice President of the Commission for the Energy Union, he was previously slated to become the Commissioner for Transport. He is married and has three children.
Between 1985 and 1990, Šefčovič studied at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Šefčovič is a former Slovak diplomat, who has served in Zimbabwe, Canada and ambassador to Israel. From 2004–2009 he was the Slovak Permanent Representative to the European Union.
Member of the European Commission
European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, 2009–2010
Šefčovič replaced Ján Figeľ as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth on 1 October 2009. José Manuel Barroso was Acting Commissioner in his stead, from 19 April 2014 to 25 May 2014 while he was on electoral campaign leave for the 2014 elections to the European Parliament. He ultimately decided not to take up his seat.
Vice-President of the European Commission for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration, 2010–2014
Responsibilities included the administration of the Commission, including management of some of the Commission's Internal Services; in particular consolidation of administrative reform, personnel and administration, European Schools and security.
Vice-President of the European Commission, 2014–present
Šefčovič was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union in 2014.
In July 2015, he brokered an agreement between fifteen countries from central, eastern and southeast Europe to speed up the building of gas links, improve security of supply, reduce their reliance on Russia and develop a fully integrated energy market.
Notes and references
- Official C.V. on European Commission website, accessed on 12 September 2017
- EU Observer – Six Commissioners Head for EU Election Campaign Trail
- Mandate Description on European Commission website, archived on 17.11.2014
- Maja Zuvela (July 10, 2015), European states agree to boost gas links, reduce reliance on Russia Reuters.
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