BRUSSELS – Members of the European Parliament (EP) will vote for the appointment of Ursula von der Leyen as head of the European Commission on July 16 at a session in Strasbourg. The representative of the EP reported this on Thursday.
“The vote on the candidacy of Ms. von der Leyen for the post of head of the EC will be held on July 16 at a session in Strasbourg,” she said.
In the case of approval, von der Leyen should immediately proceed to the formation of a new composition of the European Commission in the years 2019-2024. One candidate for the positions of commissioners must submit each of the 28 countries of the EU, then the head of the EC will be distributed between the portfolios. After that, the full composition of the European Commission should be approved by the European Parliament in early autumn to begin work on November 1.
The candidacy of the Minister of defense of Germany was nominated for the post of head of the Executive power of the European Union at the EU summit on June 30 – July 2 as a compromise after a tense discussion between the heads of state of the community. Many members of the EP do not support this appointment, in particular, because it destroyed the system of the “main candidate,” when a candidate from the parliamentary majority in the European Parliament is nominated for the post of head of the European Commission following the last elections (23-26 May). The EU summit did not accept any of the three possible “main candidate” candidates: Manfred Weber, Margrethe Vestager and Frans Timmermans, replacing them at the last moment with von der Leyen.