European Council appoints new commission

Updated: 2014-10-24 10:04


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European Council appoints new commission

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, waves as he arrives to attend the presentation of the college of Commissioners and their program during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, October 22, 2014. [Photo/Agencies]

BRUSSELS - The European Council on Thursday officially appointed Jean-Claude Junckers' new European Commission whose tenure will start from Nov 1 of this year and end on Oct 31 of 2019.

The Commission team, including 27 commissioners, plus Juncker himself as EC president, was approved Wednesday by the European Parliament.

The commissioners include seven vice presidents and some renowned politicians, such as Italian former Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini, who will be vice president and the high representative of the Union for Foreign Affair.

The Treaty of the European Union stipulates that the European Commission "shall be subject as a body to a vote of consent by the European Parliament."

And on the basis of this consent the Commission shall be appointed by the European Council, acting by a qualified majority.