European Parliament elects new Commission

461 MEPs voted in favour, 157 voted against and 89 abstained

Photo: EPA European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen (C) addresses the EP ahead of the vote on her college of commissioners, Strasbourg, 27 November.

After assessing the nominees, MEPs voted on 27 November to elect the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen, allowing it to take office on 1 December, the EP press service reported. A total of 461 MEPs voted in favour of the new Commission, while 157 voted against and 89 abstained.

The plenary vote brings to an end the long process of careful examination by Parliament of the proposed team of commissioners. Its objective was to ensure that the EU’s executive body has the democratic legitimacy to act in the interests of Europeans.

MEPs elected Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president in July. Then, from the end of September to mid-November, parliamentary committees organised hearings with each of the nominees to judge their suitability for their proposed post. On 21 November political group leaders and Parliament President David Sassoli agreed that the process of examination had been completed and that Parliament was ready to hold the final plenary vote.

Addressing the MEPs ahead of the vote on Wednesday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said her ambitious agenda at the head of the EU’s executive will center on the “existential issue” of battling climate change. She promised to work with her team on “a European Green Deal” so the EU can continue to be a global leader on the climate change issue.

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