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Brand new European Commission!

19/10/2014

The elections to the European Parliament are long gone now – most of us probably already forgot we were voting for our new MEPs only in May. They all moved to Brussels now, set their homes and offices and started to work. The new term has started.

What some people however might not be aware of, it’s not only the members of the European Parliament that are changing – it’s also the European Commission. The newly elected Commission is supposed to start working on the 1st of November – however, it is not sure if the process of selecting the commissioners will finish in time, as there are some commissioners that did not acquire the needed support from the EP and have to be changed before the vote – if they are not Junker, the new Presidents, is facing the risk of his whole cabinet being rejected.

The EP elections of 2014 introduced a new rule – before the elections all the parties nominated their candidate for the post of the President of the European Commission and the party that got the most seats in the new European Parliament had the right to put its candidate forward. After long discussions, some misunderstandings and deals between countries finally, on the 15th of July, the ex-prime minister of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Junker, from European Peoples Party, was nominated to be the new President of the European Commission. Soon after that he had started to form his team. He met with the candidates designated from member states to see their strong and weak points and according to them divide the portfolios.

Junker, having chosen his candidates, along with the European Council, did present them to the European Parliament.

Right now, all the commissioners are being heard in the European Parliament. After all of them pass their hearing, the European Parliament is going to vote on Junkers Commission – what is peculiar here is that the new Commission has to be chosen “en bloc” which means that with one vote the MEPs have to agree to all the Commissioners. If they do not vote in favor of the whole Commission the whole process will have to start again.

The vote in the European Parliament is scheduled to take place during the plenary session in Strasbourg, between the 20th and the 23rd of October. Soon we will see how it all end up – will the commission start to work as planned? Will they find the solutions to the crisis that the EU is still facing? All those questions can only be answered with time. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Daria Borowczyk


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