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20141022PHT75888_originalMEPs approved the new college of 27 Commissioners, as presented by its President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker på onsdag morning (22 October), with 423 votes in favour, 209 against and 67 abstentions. The new Commission now needs to be formally appointed by EU heads of state or government to enable it to take up duty on 1 November for a five-year term.

By way of comparison, the first Barroso Commission was voted into office in November 2004 by 449 votes to 149, with 82 abstentions. The second Barroso Commission was elected on 9 February 2010 by 488 votes to 137, with 72 abstentions.

In his opening statement på onsdag morning, President-elect of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker outlined a number of changes to portfolios as requested by committees after the hearings of Commissioners-designate.

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“I have a contract with the Parliament and I will respect it.”

Given its composition, Juncker said: “The future Commission will be very political.” He defended its new architecture, with vice presidents to “co-ordinate, put together and organize ideas”.  He stressed that he had had to “fight” to get enough women on board his college but admitted that “nine women out of 28 Commissioners is still pathetic”.

Taking on board criticisms expressed by MEPs as part of the hearings, Juncker said he had decided to give the pharmaceuticals back to Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis, jointly with Elżbieta Bienkowska, who would also be responsible for space policy, citizenship to Dimitris Avramapoulos and sport to Tibor Navracsics. He said he could not agree to the proposal to delete the word “negotiations” in the title of the enlargement portfolio as this would mean deluding the EU candidate countries.

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On the proposed Investor - State Dispute Settlement clause in the TTIP talks, Juncker said he would not allow the jurisdiction of EU courts to be limited by such a clause. He also stressed he would stick to his €300 billion investment package proposal, which will be presented “before Christmas”.

“The rules (of the stability pact) will not be changed,” Juncker said, underlining that “they will be implemented with the degree of flexibility” that the treaties allow.

Manfred Weber (EPP, DE) said that citizens had been central in the process leading up to the election of the next Commission. "European democracy has made big strides forward." His group values Juncker's experience and his political approach. "Now I want to start working on Europe's stability, growth, on migration issues, showing respect for the national level of competence and turning our eyes again beyond European borders," he said.

Gianni Pittella (S&D, IT) said: “Today the worst enemy of Europe is not populism, but the lack of courage of our European leaders. We in the S&D will be encouraging you and we will be the critical spirit of the majority.” Pittella warned that the Commission’s credibility will be at stake on the €300bn investment plan and spoke out against a “race to the bottom” between European workers. He vowed to revise the posting of workers directive and revive the maternity leave directive.

Syed Kamall (ECR, UK) said: “We welcome the fact that the structure does not look like desperately seeking 27 places for 27 people," praising Juncker for having come up "with an integrated structure focused on outcomes”. He also welcomed proposals to cut red tape, and focus on the digital market, energy security and the subsidiarity principle. “We are disappointed that you did not support Parliament’s request to have a budgetary control commissioner,” Kamall said, criticizing the appointment of Moscovici. “We will abstain. and confront you with the challenges of the future,” he added.

Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE, BE) gave "a clear yes" to the new Commission, hoping that it would act differently from the previous one. "We expect a Commission with ambition and vision, to lead us out of the crisis, and not a secretariat of the Council," he said. He insisted on the necessity of a "credible strategy on investment and growth" and asked Juncker to intervene immediately should deadlock occur where Commissioners share portfolios, such as Dombrovskis and Moscovici. Verhofstadt said he supported a letter written by major European artists criticizing the attribution of the culture portfolio to Commissioner Navracsics.

Neoklis Sylikiotis (GUE/NGL, EL) said that the proposed college shows that the new Commission will support neo-liberal policies that lead to loss of jobs, harsh austerity and the asphyxiation of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). This new Commission is the “fruit of an agreement between the S&D, ALDE and EPP groups, which flies in the face of decision-making in the EU”, he said. “We want to see real change in EU policy in order to get us out of the crisis and create jobs instead of continuing austerity," he concluded.

Rebecca Harms (Greens/EFA, DE) said: “My group will say 'No' to the Juncker Commission. The decision that Navracsics should take his portfolio is in itself grounds to say no.” She also criticized the Juncker team's approach to climate policy and the lack of a sustainable development focus, as well as its “irresponsible approach” to refugee policy.

Nigel Farage (EFDD, UK) said: "We will vote against this anti-democratic form of government. This will be the last European Commission that governs Great Britain, because at the end of the five years, we will be out of here."

Harald Vilimsky (NI, AT) said: “Just as we didn’t mourn the departure of Barroso, we’re not particularly happy with Juncker being sworn in either. Neither Mr Barroso nor Mr Juncker were candidates of the people. They represent the technocracy, the nomenklatura. We will vote against you and by doing so, vote in favour of the family of European peoples.”

Speech by Jean-Claude Juncker

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Europæiske Centralbank (ECB)

ECBs Lagarde holder døren åben for højere inflation

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Inflationen i eurozonen kan overstige Den Europæiske Centralbanks allerede hævede fremskrivninger, men der er få tegn på, at dette allerede sker, ECB -præsident Christine Lagarde (billedet) sagde mandag (27. september), skriver Balazs Koranyi, Reuters.

"Selvom inflationen kunne vise sig at være svagere end forudset, hvis økonomisk aktivitet skulle blive påvirket af en fornyet stramning af restriktioner, er der nogle faktorer, der kan føre til et stærkere prispres, end man i øjeblikket forventer," sagde hun til lovgiverne i Europa -Parlamentet.

"Men vi ser begrænsede tegn på denne risiko indtil videre, hvilket betyder, at vores basisscenario fortsat vil forudse, at inflationen forbliver under vores mål på mellemlang sigt," tilføjede hun.

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Europa-Kommissionen

NextGenerationEU: Europa-Kommissionen udbetaler 231 mio. EUR i forfinansiering til Slovenien

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Europa-Kommissionen har udbetalt 231 mio. EUR til Slovenien i forfinansiering, svarende til 13% af landets tildelingstilskud under Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Forfinansieringsbetalingen vil bidrage til at sætte gang i gennemførelsen af ​​de afgørende investerings- og reformforanstaltninger, der er skitseret i Sloveniens plan for genopretning og modstandsdygtighed. Kommissionen vil godkende yderligere udbetalinger baseret på gennemførelsen af ​​de investeringer og reformer, der er beskrevet i Sloveniens plan for genopretning og modstandsdygtighed.

Landet vil i alt modtage € 2.5 mia., Bestående af € 1.8 mia. I tilskud og € 705 mio. I lån, i løbet af planens levetid. Dagens udbetaling følger den seneste vellykkede gennemførelse af de første låneoperationer under NextGenerationEU. Ved årets udgang har Kommissionen til hensigt at rejse op til i alt 80 mia. EUR i langsigtet finansiering, der skal suppleres med kortsigtede EU-regninger, for at finansiere de første planlagte udbetalinger til medlemsstaterne under NextGenerationEU.

RRF er kernen i NextGenerationEU, som vil yde 800 mia. Euro (i løbende priser) til støtte for investeringer og reformer på tværs af medlemsstaterne. Den slovenske plan er en del af den hidtil usete EU-reaktion på at komme stærkere ud af COVID-19-krisen, fremme de grønne og digitale overgange og styrke modstandskraft og samhørighed i vores samfund. EN pressemeddelelse er tilgængelig online.

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Cypern

NextGenerationEU: Europa-Kommissionen udbetaler 157 mio. EUR i forfinansiering til Cypern

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Europa-Kommissionen har udbetalt 157 mio. EUR til Cypern i forfinansiering, svarende til 13% af landets finansielle tildeling under Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Forfinansieringsbetalingen vil hjælpe med at sætte gang i gennemførelsen af ​​de afgørende investerings- og reformforanstaltninger, der er skitseret i Cyperns plan for genopretning og modstandsdygtighed. Kommissionen vil godkende yderligere udbetalinger baseret på gennemførelsen af ​​de investeringer og reformer, der er beskrevet i Cyperns plan for genopretning og modstandsdygtighed.

Landet vil i alt modtage 1.2 milliarder euro i løbet af planens levetid, med 1 milliard euro i tilskud og 200 millioner euro i lån. Dagens udbetaling følger den seneste vellykkede gennemførelse af de første låneoperationer under NextGenerationEU. Ved årets udgang har Kommissionen til hensigt at rejse op til i alt 80 mia. Euro i langsigtet finansiering, der skal suppleres med kortsigtede EU-regninger, for at finansiere de første planlagte udbetalinger til medlemsstaterne under NextGenerationEU. En del af NextGenerationEU vil RRF yde 723.8 mia. Euro (i løbende priser) til støtte for investeringer og reformer på tværs af medlemsstaterne.

Den cypriotiske plan er en del af den hidtil usete EU-reaktion på at komme stærkere ud af COVID-19-krisen, fremme de grønne og digitale overgange og styrke modstandskraft og samhørighed i vores samfund. EN pressemeddelelse er tilgængelig online.

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