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Sweden proposes Employment Minister, Johansson, for EU Commissioner

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Sweden proposes Employment Minister, Johansson, for EU Commissioner

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Stockholm, Aug.8,2019 (dpa) The Swedish Government on Thursday proposed Ylva Johansson, Minister of Employment, as its candidate for the next European Commission.

Sweden, an EU member since 1995, thereby stuck to its tradition of nominating female commissioners for the European Union’s executive body.

“Ylva Johansson is one of the government’s most experienced ministers,’’ Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, told a news conference.

Lofven pointed out that Johansson had served under three prime ministers and had spent 11 years as a cabinet member.

The Social Democrat said he had informed European Commission President-elect, Ursula von der Leyen, on Wednesday.

He said it was too early to comment about what portfolio Johansson could potentially fill.

Sweden’s incumbent EU commissioner, Cecilia Malmstrom, has served two terms, most recently as trade commissioner.

“Congratulations for the nomination,’’ Malmstrom wrote on Twitter, adding `the world’s most exciting assignment awaits.’’

EU governments have up to August 26 to propose their commissioners.

Johansson, 55, said she was honoured over the nomination and looked forward to new challenges.

“A well functioning inner market in the EU is important for jobs in Sweden,” Johansson added.

She has also served as minister for health and elderly care as well as minister for schools.

Johansson , who is a teacher of Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, was first elected to parliament in 1988 as a member of the Left Party.

She later joined the Social Democrats over the Left Party’s stance on the EU.

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