Today, 10th September the New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker presented in a press conference his “winning team” for the next five years.
His proposal consist in a real reform, both in terms of the calibre of Commissioners proposed – the team presented by Juncker has 5 former Prime Ministers, 4 Deputy Prime Ministers, 19 Ministers, 7 Commissioners operating in the Barroso Commission and 8 Members of the European Parliament – and for the Organisation of the Commission itself.For the first time, in fact, the six Vice-Presidents plus the High Representative for the Common foreign and security policy of the Union will head the Commission and will coordinate the work of several Commissioners in compositions that will vary depending on the needs and in line with the development of new projects over time.
The Internal Market and Consumer Protection Parliamentary Committee decided yesterday to resume the work on seven legislative dossiers which were left open from last mandate. Generally, all Parliament unfinished business shall be deemed to have elapsed after the parliamentary term finishes, but according to rule 299 of the EP Rules of Procedure, the Conference on Presidents can agree to carry on the work and thus ask to the Committees to screen their previous work and formally vote for a progression.
Along these lines, IMCO Committee agreed with an overwhelming majority to carry on seven files, among which the ones dealing with new product safety rules and market surveillance.
The European Union heads of State and Government, who met in Brussels in an extraordinary Summit, reached an agreement on the nominations for two important positions within the framework of the European institutions. It was decided that the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk will take over to Van Rompuy as President of the European Council from 1st December with a two years and a half assignment (May 31, 2017), and he will also be the Chairman of Euro Summit.
Italian Federica Mogherini was appointed as High Representative for the common foreign and security policy of the EU; she will replace the British Catherine Ashton at the end of the current Commission’s mandate until 31st October 2019.
The European Parliament gathered in plenary session in Strasbourg approved the appointment of the Luxembourgish Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission, with 422 votes in favour and 250 against. This is the first time the President of the Commission is formally elected by the European Parliament. This is due to the application of the provisions of the Treaty of Lisbon and, as pointed out by several leaders of political parties during the discussion which took place before the formal vote, it is a demonstration of greater democracy. Indeed, it was up to the voters to confirm the candidacy proposal by the heads of State and Government for the role of President of the EC.