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15.07.2014 17:19
Jean-Claude Juncker Elected President of the European Commission
Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, currently European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, might be among the candidates for taking the lead of the EU's foreign policy

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Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected by the European Parliament as the new president of the European Commission. On 15 July 422 out of 751 MEPs voted to support his candidacy, with 376 being the minimum number of votes required.

Juncker was officially proposed as a candidate for Commission president by the heads of state and government in the European Council, following the European elections in which the European People's Party (EPP) won the highest number of seats in Parliament. EPP had put forward the former prime minister of Luxembourg as candidate for Commission president prior to the elections in May. Last week Junker’s candidature was opposed solely by the leaders of the United Kingdom and Hungary.

Following his election, the successor of Jose Manual Barroso, said that the European Union would not expand in the next five years. Ongoing accession talks will be continued, especially with the Western Balkans which in, Juncker’s view, need European perspective.

Following Juncker's election, the European Parliament will proceed with the election of the other members of the Commission. Parliamentary committees will hold hearings with commissioner candidates in the early autumn. In order to take office, the Commission will have to be approved by Parliament in a plenary vote.

This week during another summit European leaders are expected to tackle the choice of successor of Britain’s Catherine Ashton. Italian PM Matteo Renzi has proposed his foreign minister Federica Mogherini, but Italy’s pro-Russian orientation especially in the light of the gas talks with Moscow and the Ukrainian crisis might shift the focus on a candidate stemming from an Eastern European country, international media stipulated. The Guardian argued that Polish foreign minister Radek Sikorski or Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, currently European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, might take lead of the EU’s foreign affairs.

TAGS: Jean-Claude Juncker | European Commission | European elections | politics | foreign policy | Europe | Russia | gas | Ukraine | Kristalina Georgieva 

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