New team takes office

MEPs and member states approve line-up as newcomers get some of the weightiest portfolios.

The second European Commission headed by José Manuel Barroso took up its duties yesterday (10 February) following a three-month caretaker period. MEPs approved the new line-up in Strasbourg on Tuesday with 488 votes in favour, 137 against and 72 abstentions. The governments of the Union’s 27 member states then approved the new Commission in a written procedure that was completed late on Tuesday night. The new Commission will hold a formal meeting on Wednesday (17 February), the first weekly College meeting since October with the power to consider draft legislation.

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