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A Vice President of the European Commission is a post in the European Commission usually occupied by more than one member of the Commission.

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Role and benefits

The post of Vice President is given to a Commissioner in addition to their usual portfolio. There are usually a number of them, selected by the Commission President though they have little extra power but are seen as important in appointments.

A Vice President does however earn more than a normal Commissioner, 241,422 euro as opposed to 217,280 euro. In comparison, the President earns 266,530 euro.[1]

First Vice President

The First-Vice-President usually takes on the main role of a Vice-President: taking over from the President in their absence. The current First-Vice-President is Margot Wallström who is also in charge of the Commissions communication strategy, thereby acting as a major public face of the Commission.[2]

Barroso Commission

Besides First Vice-President Wallström, who is in charge of Institutional Relations & Communication Strategy, there are presently 4 other Vice Presidents in the current Barroso Commission[3]. Only one is from the members who joined in 2004, the other three are from 3 of the four largest member states (the UK did not get a Vice-Presidency, but did gain the important Trade portfolio);

Lisbon changes

Under the Treaty of Lisbon, due to be ratified by 2009, one Vice President would also be the new position of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, appointed in part by the European Council like the President.

Historical Vice Presidents

Legend:   [     ] Socialist (PES) - [     ] Liberal (ALDE) - [     ] People's (EPP-ED)

Commission Entered office Left office Name State Party
Hallstein I
7 January 1958 9 January 1962 Sicco L. Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
7 January 1958 9 January 1962 Robert Marjolin  France SFIO
7 January 1958 15 September 1959 Piero Malvestiti  Italy DC
Hallstein II
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Sicco L. Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
10 January 1962 30 June 1967 Robert Marjolin  France SFIO
10 January 1962 15 May 1963 Giuseppe Caron  Italy DC
30 July 1964 30 June 1967 Guido Colonna  Italy ind.
Rey
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Sicco L. Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Lionello Sandri  Italy PSI
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Fritz Hellwig  West Germany CDU
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Raymond Barre  France cap
2 July 1967 30 June 1970 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany ind.
Malfatti
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Sicco L. Mansholt  Netherlands PvdA
1 July 1970 21 March 1972 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany ind.
Mansholt
22 March 1972 5 January 1973 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany ind.
Ortoli
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Patrick Hillery  Ireland Fianna Fáil
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Henri Simonet  Belgium PS
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Christopher Soames  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1973 5 January 1977 Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza  Italy ind.
Jenkins
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Wilhelm Haferkamp  West Germany SPD
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Henk Vredeling  Netherlands PvdA
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Finn Olav Gundelach  Denmark ind.
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 François-Xavier Ortoli  France Gaullista
6 January 1977 5 January 1981 Lorenzo Natali  Italy DCI
Thorn
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 Christopher Tugendhat  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1981 5 January 1985 François-Xavier Ortoli  France ind.
Delors I
6 January 1985 September 1989 Frans Andriessen  Netherlands CDA
6 January 1985 September 1989 Henning Christophersen  Denmark Venstre
6 January 1985 September 1989 Arthur Francis Cockfield  United Kingdom Con.
6 January 1985 September 1989 Karl-Heinz Narjes  West Germany CDU
6 January 1985 September 1989 Lorenzo Natali  Italy DC
5 January 1986 September 1989 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
Delors II
January 1988 September 1992 Frans Andriessen  Netherlands CDA
January 1988 September 1992 Martin Bangemann  West Germany FDP
January 1988 September 1992 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
January 1988 September 1992 Henning Christophersen  Denmark Venstre
January 1988 September 1992 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
January 1988 September 1992 Filippo Maria Pandolfi  Italy DC
Delors III
January 1992 22 January 1995 Martin Bangemann  Germany FDP
January 1992 22 January 1995 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
January 1992 22 January 1995 Henning Christophersen  Denmark Venstre
January 1992 22 January 1995 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
January 1992 22 January 1995 Karel Van Miert  Belgium PS
January 1992 22 January 1995 Antonio Ruberti  Italy PSI
Santer
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
23 January 1995 15 March 1999 Manuel Marín  Spain PSOE
Marín
16 March 1999 15 September 1999 Leon Brittan  United Kingdom Con.
Prodi
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Neil Kinnock  United Kingdom Labour
16 September 1999 21 November 2004 Loyola de Palacio  Spain PP
Barroso
22 November 2004 incumbent Margot Wallström  Sweden SDWP
22 November 2004 incumbent Günter Verheugen  Germany PSD
22 November 2004 incumbent Jacques Barrot  France UMP
22 November 2004 incumbent Siim Kallas  Estonia ERP
22 November 2004 8 May 2008 Franco Frattini  Italy FI
9 May 2008 incumbent Antonio Tajani  Italy FI

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