Correspondent's Choice

The following article about outgoing Commissioners was published on 1st February 2010 by EurActiv.

Margot Wallström (Sweden) and Meglena Kuneva (Bulgaria) are among the few outgoing commissioners to have secured new jobs, as most of those leaving the EU executive have either decided to retire from politics or pursue lower-profile activities.

Wallström, who was in charge of institutional relations and communications in the 2004-2009 Barroso Commission, has been appointed UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Sources closes to Wallström told EurActiv that the new post is a logical progression for the Swede, who has been the spokesperson for numerous equality and women’s rights campaigns in recent years.

The centre-left politician has been an outspoken proponent of these issues during her two-term mandate at the European Commission, notably supporting the introduction of gender quotas in politics.

Wallström had intended to retire from public life following a long career in politics which began when she was first elected MP aged 24, but found the new job offer “irresistible” according to the source.

Describing herself as “humbled” and “honoured” following UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s decision, Wallström is now preparing herself for the New York-based position.

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