Time: 11:40 PM
The President-elect of the European Commission
Ursula von der Leyen said Thursday that she has proposed 26 candidates for the
post of EU Commissioners, 23 of whom have now been accepted.
Three candidates did not obtain majority support for varied reasons.
Therefore, the nominations for Hungary, Romania and France are still open, she
said in a press statement.
Von der Leyen said she met the Presidents of the three biggest political
groups in the EP and the President of the EP this afternoon to discuss the
"The next five years will be decisive for Europe in a difficult global
environment. Europe must deal with Brexit, trade issues and conflicts in its
immediate neighbourhood," she said.
"With so much at stake, it is now necessary, together with Parliament, to
speed up the process so that Europe can act swiftly," she added.
Her statement came after Sylvie Goulard, France's nominee for the European
Commission lost the vote on her candidacy in the Internal Market and Industry
committees of the EP in a second hearing - with 82 MEPs against and 29 in
The leaders of the seven political groups in the EP will decide on 17
October if Parliament has received sufficient information to declare the
hearing process of the candidates closed.
If so, the full EP will vote on whether or not to elect the new Commission
as a whole on 23 October, in Strasbourg.