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Britain, France Get Powerful Positions in EC

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Sept. 10, 2014.

The President-elect of European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has unveiled his team for 2014 to 2019.

Speaking Wednesday in Brussels, the incoming EC head said that after years of economic hardship and painful reforms, Europeans expect a performing economy, sustainable jobs, more social protection, safer borders, energy security and digital opportunities.

Juncker branded his 27 appointees as “a winning team,” with each commissioner to play a specific role.

Britain and France secured powerful positions with former House of Lords leader Jonathan Hill and former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici, as economic affairs commissioners.

The team includes five former prime ministers, four deputy prime ministers, and 19 former ministers.

Nine female and 19 male members will be in the team, with women occupying three of seven vice-presidential posts.

The 28-member body, the European Union’s executive arm, includes one representative from each member state.