Frans Timmermans needs little introduction when it comes to the European Commission. For the past five years, Timmermans has served as First Vice President of the European Commission with the Rule of Law, Fundamental Rights and Better Regulation at the heart of his portfolio. Prior to becoming Commissioner in 2014, Timmermans served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Netherlands. Frans Timmermans began his career at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. He later worked for Hans van den Broek, European Commissioner for External Relations, and Max van der Stoel, High Commissioner on National Minorities for the OSCE. In 1998, Frans Timmermans was elected member of the House of Representatives for the Dutch Labour Party dealing principally with foreign affairs. Frans Timmermans was the transnational lead candidate of the Party of European Socialists (PES) for the European Parliament Election 2019. Aside from his native Dutch, Timmermans is fluent in English, French, German, Italian and Russian. These skills meant Timmermans brought an extra transnational layer to the European elections and debates.