European Parliament votes in favour of Juncker Commission
On Tuesday 22 October, the European Parliament voted in Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission, with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions.
President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker said: “After a long democratic journey, today my team crossed the finishing line. I feel honoured that my Commission has received the democratic backing of the European Parliament. Now it is time to roll up our sleeves and get down to work: to kick-start economic recovery, create more and better jobs, address the plight of Europe’s youth for a better future, protect the most vulnerable in our society and cope with the rapidly deteriorating geopolitical situation. Together, we will succeed.”
The Juncker Commission will therefore begin its term in office on 1 November 2014, including the new Commissioner Karmenu Vella, who will replace Janez Potočnik and Maria Damanaki in the newly combined role of Commissioner for the Environment, Martitime Affairs and Fisheries.
You can see an infographic of the new European Commission on the EC Pinterest account.