EU Commission President-Elect Ursula von der Leyen’s new Commission has been approved by a large majority of MEPs (elected Members to the European Parliament).
461 votes in favour, 157 against, 89 abstentions.
Accordingly, the European Parliament has approved the new College of Commissioners led by Ursula von der Leyen (the Commissioners and herself, it’s a confirmatory vote). Now the European Council has to give its approval by a qualified majority before the new Commission takes office on the 1st December.
More than 200,000,000 citizens voted in the European elections in May, giving a substantive mandate to the new European Parliament. The elections were the first step in a process that culminates with the approval today of the EU’s executive body, the European Commission.
The new Commission will take office on 1st December.
We can expect EU Law making to be up and running again shortly.
Ireland’s Phil Hogan is the Trade Commissioner (he will deal with the Trade Deal with the UK, when that time comes). The UK did not supply a Commissioner.