Franciscus Timmermans is a Dutch politician and diplomat serving as the First Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Better Regulation, Interinstitutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights since 2014.
The alleged anglophile First Vice-President and former Dutch Foreign Minister leads on institutional matters, and is often seen as the Commission ‘fixer’. Once The European Commission’s rising start, now serves as the right-hand man for Jean Claude Junker.
He is an expert on the EU constitution is expected to influence the negotiation talks from behind the scenes. Timmermans is viewed as arguably the EU’s best communicator of the 21st century.
He can thunder about the merits of the European project in seven languages, and hurl rhetorical lightning bolts at capitals like Warsaw that flout the club rules.