By: Nadeemy Haded
The European Parliament on Wednesday approved the new European Commission, headed by Ursula von der Leyne, to start its work on December 1, in the absence of a representative from Britain.
A total of 461 members of the European Parliament voted in favor, 157 against and 89 abstentions, while von der Leyne needed a simple majority to be confirmed as the Commission president.
The new Commission's portfolios were distributed among three executive vice-presidents, five vice-presidents and 18 commissioners.
Before the European Parliament vote in Strasbourg, eastern France, on the formation of the new Commission, von der Line pledged to the Europeans a new and vital leadership of the executive arm of the European Union.
"If we are to go ahead with major projects in Europe such as climate protection and digital enhancement, it will require everyone's willingness to make concessions," the new Commission president said in a speech to lawmakers.
Last week, von der Leyne, a former German defense minister, was able to form her commission, after several weeks of stalemate over the rejection by parliament of three candidates replaced by member states, as well as the objection of some deputies to the nominations of commissioners' portfolios, which necessitated changing them.
Source: Novosti + euronews