EC cannot start its mandate because of Romania. EP to allow new Commission to start on December 1
The European Parliament today has delayed the vote to validate the future European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen, DPA reported. The vote had been scheduled to take place within the EP plenary session in Strasbourg next Wednesday, October 23.
The delay comes after the candidates for EU Commissioner of three countries, Romania, Hungary and France had been rejected within the validation process of the EU due to their conflict of interest or ethical issues.
Hungary and Romania announced new proposals, but the EC President-elect has not officially announced she was proposing these new candidates instead.
The European Commission was supposed to take office on November 1.
Later on Wednesday, Jaume Duch, Director General for Communication and Spokesperson of the European Parliament, said that the European Parliament is willing to allow the new Commission to take office on December 1st, while urging Romania, France and Hungary to speed up procedures to designate new candidates for EU Commissioners.
“The EP President and political group leaders took stock of
#ephearings2019. A democratic and transparent process. Parliament willing to vote on time to allow new Commission to start 1st December, asks for rapid appointment of the new 3 commissioners-designate,” Duch said on Twitter.