It has been widely reported that Bjoern Seibert, the head of Ursula von der Leyen’s transition team and her Chief of Staff in the German Defence Ministry, will become her Chef de Cabinet. Please see below a short bio produced by our Berlin office. Given his lack of Brussels experience, her deputy chef de cabinet is likely to be a Commission insider and we’ll listen out for names.

Bjoern H. Seibert

Bjoern Seibert is currently serving as Chief of Staff of Ursula von der Leyen. Previously he was Deputy Chief of Staff, Coordinator for Europe and Commissioner for Strategic Management of National and International Armament Activities at the German Defence Ministry, a Non-Resident Fellow at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, an Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a Research Associate at the Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) at the U.S. Army War College, a Research Analyst at the Foreign and Defense Policy Studies Program at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI) and a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Government at Harvard University.

He is widely published on security and defence matters, and his work has been cited by major publications around the world, including The New York Times, Le Monde and The Economist, as well as specialized defence publications such as Jane’s Defence Weekly and DefenseNews. He has also given numerous interviews to major international media outlets.

Bjoern Seibert has studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MIT, Georgetown and Harvard University. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge (King’s College).

He is also on the list of people who will be questioned by the members of the parliamentary investigation committee which was set up to examine the affair around external consultants in the ministry.

Final Committtee appointments made

EMPL have also finally elected their Chairman after twice voting down former Polish PM Beata Szydlo and I attach our updated infographic on committee chairmen.

AGRI today elected the Spanish Vox MEP, Mazaly Aguilar (ECR/ES) as 3rdVP, who beat off the challenge from the Socialist candidate Clara Aguilera (S&D/ES) by 27 votes to 20.  Her election had been in doubt with the Left wanting to spread the cordon sanitaire around the new far-right Vox party. AGRI went on to elect Elsi Katainen (RE/FI) as 4th VP and so complete the Bureau