Can European Union Commissioners be members of political parties, or must they resile their memberships of such groups?


Even though they are not supposed to represent their country, EU Commissioners are politicians appointed by their respective national government and usually (nearly always) members of a political party.

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    You might give some examples.
    – mikado
    Feb 6 '19 at 16:24
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    What would be the point? You can literally pick any of them (only counter-examples I found in the current commission are Julian King and Maroš Šefčovič). I think the other answer is somewhat misleading by implying it's merely possible and failing to mention it's usually (nearly always) the case and highlighting an example.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 6 '19 at 18:08
  • Is there a distinction to be made between the nomination of a Commissioner by a member state and the appointment of that Commissioner to the role. If there is, does that mean the state nominates and the Commission President appoints?
    – 52d6c6af
    Feb 20 '19 at 23:44
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    @Ben Not sure what you mean exactly, might be worth asking as a separate question.
    – Relaxed
    Feb 21 '19 at 21:38

Yes, they can. Just by picking a random name from this list, we found the following:

Günther Hermann Oettinger (born 15 October 1953) is a German politician and a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

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