Parliament elects new European Commission


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.

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.

The new Commission will start work on 1 December. Check out our infographic to see who is in the new Commission and what they will be responsible for.

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