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New European Commission takes office

The European Parliament approved the composition of the new European Commission by a vote of 461 in favour to 157 against (89 abstentions) held on 27 November 2019. The Commissioners were thereafter formally appointed by the European Council. The new Commission will take office on 1 December 2019 for a five-year term.

In her statement before the Parliament during its plenary session on 27th November, new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen highlighted the need for Europe to find a ‘common solution to the shared challenge of migration’. She also mentioned the ‘different skills and perspectives’ of Commissioners Margaritis Schinas and Ylva Johansson.

Commissioner Johansson will be in charge of the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs, while Vice President and Commissioner Schinas will be in charge of the cross-cutting portfolio ‘Promoting our European way of life’, a title that changed from the original proposal of ‘Protecting our European way of life’.

Hear what the new Commissioners had to say about migration and integration