EP elects Juncker as new European Commission President

In an unprecedented vote since the entry into force of the Lisbon treaty, the European Parliament elected former Luxembourgish Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker as the new President of the European Commission. The vote was by secret ballot and Juncker was elected by 422 votes in favour, 250 against, 47 abstentions and 10 void (blank or spoilt).

This concludes the new procedure inaugurated by the 2014 EP elections, through which each European political party nominated a lead candidate to preside the European Commission.

Now Juncker has to select 27 commissioners-designate (one per EU Member State), who will be scrutinised by the European Parliament during September 2014. The EP shall confirm the new College as a whole, on a public vote. The new European Commission should start working on 1 November 2014.