Ursula von der Leyen elected Commission President

German politician Ursula von der Leyen has been elected European Commission President making her the first female president and will replace outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker. She will start her tenure on November 1.

The European Parliament voted 383-327 with 22 abstentions, approving von der Leyen’s nomination. The absolute majority needed was of 374 votes, so she actually brushed through.

The German defence minister, nominated for the job by the leaders of the EU Member States stirring controversy over the fact that she was not one of the lead candidates put forward by the EU’s political groups, as is normal practice.

Next step
The Commission President-elect will now send official letters to the member states’ heads of state or government inviting them to propose their candidates for members of the Commission. Hearings of the nominees in Parliament’s competent committees are scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 8. The full college of Commissioners then needs to be elected by Parliament, most likely in its October 21 to 24 session. More information here.

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