The Government has decided to nominate Ylva Johansson, Minister for Employment and one of Sweden’s most experienced ministers, as the new Swedish European Commissioner.
“Ylva Johansson is highly competent and has extensive experience of government, EU work in the Council of the European Union and dealings with the European Commission. She has a strong sense of commitment and will contribute to an effective Commission,” says Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in a comment.
Mr Löfven will discuss the policy issues Ms Johansson will be responsible for in the European Commission with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, who will take the decision in the near future.
The new Commission will take office on 1 November. Mr Löfven will announce when Ms Johansson will leave her post as Minister for Employment in the Swedish Government at a later date.
“I am very pleased and honoured by the confidence the Government has shown in me through this nomination as European Commissioner for Sweden. The new European Commission has a major task in moving the EU’s work forward on climate issues and for more jobs, fundamental European values and security. The role of European Commissioner involves considering the interests of the entire EU, at the same time as I will contribute my experience from Swedish politics,” says Ms Johansson.
Ylva Johansson has a background as a mathematics and physics teacher, and has been Minister for Employment since 2014. In all, Ms Johansson has held ministerial posts for 11 years under three different prime ministers since 1994. She was born in 1964, is married and has three children.