Von der Leyen is elected head of the European Commission. The candidacy of the representative of Germany was supported by 383 MEPs.
The European Parliament voted for the appointment of German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission. It is reported by the European truth.
For the appointment of von der Leyen voted 383 MEPs, with the minimum required 374. Against – 327, abstained – 22. In total, the session hall was attended by 723 MEPs.The vote was held by ballots and was secret, so it is not known exactly which of the deputies supported the appointment. Earlier, the group of “Green” and “Left” said that just will not vote for von der Leyen. Also against her appointment was made by the German extreme right.
Von der Leyen will replace Jean-Claude Juncker as the current President of the European Commission on November 1. She will be the first woman to head the European Commission.
Before the elections to the European Parliament, she was not on the list of candidates for the post, it was believed that the German Manfred Weber would be appointed. However, as a result of long negotiations, his candidacy, like other top candidates, disappeared.
As a result, EU leaders at the summit agreed on the candidacy of Von der Leyen.
Recall that at the EU summit three times postponed the beginning of the meeting. Tusk held talks on appointments with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron.
It was also reported that the EU summit set a record for the duration.