European Commissioner for Transport
Adina Ioana Vălean
since 1 December 2019
AppointerPresident of the European Commission
Term lengthFive years

The European Commissioner for Transport is a member of the European Commission whose portfolio includes the planning and development of homogeneous transport policies and regulations across the Union, of the Trans-European Transport Network as well as of interoperation, navigation and signalling programs such as the European Rail Traffic Management System, the Galileo positioning system and the Single European Sky.

The current commissioner is Adina Ioana Vălean, from Romania.

Barrot (2004–2008)

Commissioner Barrot was approved by the European Parliament in 2004 and made a Vice-President in the Barroso Commission. However shortly after he began work, UKIP MEP Nigel Farage revealed Barrot had previously been convicted of fraud in 2000. French President Jacques Chirac had granted him presidential amnesty. A fact the Commissioner did not disclose during his hearing to the Parliament. Despite calls from some MEPs[which?] for him to be suspended he remained in office.

A major project during his term is the Galileo positioning system. Work on the system began a year before Barrot came to office and has developed since with the launch of the first satellite. However infighting within private sector partners may be a potential setback to the project with Barrot favouring greater funds from the EU budget [1]. Other work includes recent guarantees of air passenger rights [2] and the Single European Sky.

Tajani (2008–2010)

Antonio Tajani was Commissioner from 2008 to 2010. Being head of the Forza Italia delegation in Europe, on 8 May 2008 he was appointed by the newly elected Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi, as Italy's EU Commissioner. He replaced Franco Frattini who was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.

List of commissioners

# Name Country Period Commission
1 Michel Rasquin  Luxembourg 1958 Hallstein
2 Lambert Schaus  Luxembourg 1958–1967 Hallstein
3 Victor Bodson  Luxembourg 1967–1970 Rey
4 Albert Coppé  Belgium 1970–1973 Malfatti, Mansholt
5 Carlo Scarascia-Mugnozza  Italy 1973–1977 Ortoli
6 Richard Burke  Ireland 1977–1981 Jenkins
7 Giorgos Kontogeorgis  Greece 1981–1985 Thorn
8 Stanley Clinton Davis  United Kingdom 1985–1988 Delors I
9 Karel Van Miert  Belgium 1989–1992 Delors II
10 Abel Matutes  Spain 1993–1994 Delors III
11 Marcelino Oreja  Spain 1994–1995 Delors III
12 Neil Kinnock  United Kingdom 1995–1999 Santer
13 Loyola de Palacio  Spain 1999–2004 Prodi
14 Jacques Barrot  France 2004–2008 Barroso I
15 Antonio Tajani  Italy 2008–2010 Barroso I
16 Siim Kallas  Estonia 2010–2014 Barroso II
17 Violeta Bulc  Slovenia 2014–2019 Juncker
18 Adina Ioana Vălean  Romania 2019– Von der Leyen

See also