Commissioner hearings: Maroš Šefčovič - European Green Deal, Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight
28 September 2023
In the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič has served as a Commissioner since 2009. He was the Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth from 2009 to 2010, and from 2010 to 2014 Commissioner and Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Administration. From 2014 to 2019 he was Vice President for the Energy Union, and since 2019 he has been the Vice-President responsible for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight. He also serves as co-chair and representative of the European Union in the Partnership Council established by the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Maroš Šefčovič, born in Bratislava in 1966, studied at the Bratislava University of Economics and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In 2000, he attained a doctorate degree in law from the Comenius University of Bratislava. From 1990, he held several positions in the Slovak government, including a period as the country's ambassador to Israel (1999 to 2002). From 2004 to 2009 he was the Slovak Permanent Representative to the European Union. In July 2023, as part of his interinstitutional relations and foresight duties, Šefčovič presented the Commission's 2023 Strategic Foresight Report, which focused on putting 'sustainability and people's wellbeing at the heart of Europe's open strategic autonomy'. This briefing concerns a portfolio change in the European Commission in mid-mandate and takes the same format and approach as those briefings published in September 2019 to give Members of the European Parliament an overview of major issues of interest in the context of the hearings of the Commissioners-designate. For information on the procedure, see a separate note on replacement of individual Commissioners. The full set of briefings in the context of the 2019 hearings of the Commissioners-designate can be found at: https://epthinktank.eu/commissioner_hearings_2019.