New European Union top team brings the maximum number of women on board

Last Updated: Sep 10 2019 18:41
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has named her choices for the EU's new top team.

Those on her list face some difficult challenges, including handling the UK's exit from the 28-nation bloc and the fight against climate change.

If approved by the European Parliament, Mrs von der Leyen's executive team will be the most gender-diverse in EU history, with 13 women and 14 men.

There isn't any nominee from the United Kingdom as Brexit is scheduled for 31 October.

That exit date is the day before the new Commission takes office. MEPs will hold confirmation hearings for each nominee.

Mrs von der Leyen, Germany's former defence minister, will officially replace Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November.