EU leaders have agreed on Ursula von der Leyen as their nominee for the European Commission Presidency.
If ratified, the German defence minister will become the first female to hold the position.
Meanwhile, IMF boss Christine Lagarde was nominated to take over as president of the European Central Bank.
The announcement follows days of difficult negotiations as leaders struggled to make a decision.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has given Von der Leyen his backing: 'She's somebody who's part of a group of people who have always stood by Ireland so I'm confident that the solidarity that we've had from Jean Claude Juncker will continue'.