Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission President
EU News 308/2014
15 July 2014
With 422 votes in favour, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker in a secret ballot on 15 July as President of the new European Commission to take office on 1 November 2014 for a five year term. The minimum number of votes required was 376.
For the first time in the history of the EU, the European Parliament elected - and not merely approved - the President of the European Commission following a proposal by the European Council, according to the rules laid down in the Lisbon Treaty (December 2009).
422 members voted in favour, 250 against, 47 abstained. The total number of votes cast was 729, 10 of which were non valid.
Jean-Claude Juncker will be the first democratically elected Commission President© European Union - European Parliament 2014 (C)EU, 2014 URL