Mr Barroso gets the nod from council for another five years.
EU leaders have unanimously endorsed President Barroso for a second five-year term. The nomination now goes before the European parliament.
The new assembly holds its first meeting in July. If it backs him for another term, Mr Barroso will be charged with putting together a new commission.
The president urged member countries and the parliament to support his plans for an ambitious agenda over the next five years.