Due to problems with the nomination of candidates for the posts of European commissioners, the beginning of the work of the new composition of the European Commission is postponed. The office under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen was due to start on November 1.
Scheduled for November 1, the start of the work of the new head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will be postponed. The leadership of the European Parliament canceled the previously approved action plan due to the fact that three countries — France, Romania, and Hungary need to submit new candidates for the positions of European commissioners to replace the previously nominated, but rejected for various reasons. Earlier, the head of the Parliament, David Sassoli, said that the beginning of the work of Ursula von der Leyen can be postponed to December 1.
The legal Commission due to an alleged financial conflict of interest rejected the nominations of the representatives of Hungary and Romania. The candidate from France, Sylvie Goulard, was not allowed to work after interviews in two committees of the European Parliament. Goulard also appears in the case of fictitious employment.
The candidacy of Ursula von der Leyen was approved in July 2019 with a minimal margin. At the same time, parliamentary committees must interview candidates for the posts of European commissioners. The last stage of nominating candidates for the positions of European commissioners is their approval at the plenary session. It was originally scheduled for October 23, but the issue was taken off the agenda on Wednesday. A new hearing date has not yet been approved. Ursula von der Leyen will be the first woman to head the European Commission and the first German representative in that position since the late 1960s.