The European Parliament yesterday approved the new College of Commissioners by 461 votes to 157 against, with 89 abstentions.
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen - the first ever woman President – presented to the European Parliament. She also presented her vision to Parliament prior to the vote for the election of the Commission, which will take office on 1 December for five years.
Following the conclusion of the hearings process, Parliament approved the new Commissioners with 461 votes in favour, 157 against and 89 abstentions.
During her opening statement, European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen reiterated many of the commitments she made in Parliament’s plenary chamber in July, and by the Commissioners-designate during the hearings process. She highlighted that appropriate investment and regulatory frameworks will be put into place for Europe to lead the way internationally on a range of critical issues: environmental protection and climate change, growth, inclusion, innovation and digitalisation, as well as the protection of democracy, European values, citizens’ rights and the rule of law. She also confirmed one more portfolio change that Parliament had requested following the hearings, which established the candidates’ suitability for the role and for the College of Commissioners.
Before the election at noon, political groups held brief meetings to decide on their voting intentions, which were followed by statements from their leaders in plenary.
The new Commission needs to be formally appointed by EU Heads of State or Government.
Female representation in the Commission is the highest it has ever been: in addition to the President-elect, the current composition of the Commission comprises 11 female members and 15 male members.
Results of previous Commission investiture votes:
22.10.2014 Jean-Claude Juncker 423 votes in favour - 209 against - 67 abstentions (total number of MEPs 751)
09.02.2010 José Manuel Barroso 488-137-72 (total number of MEPs - 736)
18.11.2004 José Manuel Barroso 478-84-98 (total number of MEPs - 732) 15.09.1999
Romano Prodi 510-51-28 (total number of MEPs - 626)
18.01.1995 Jacques Santer 417-104-59 (total number of MEPs - 626)