Barroso formally nominated by Member States


The 27 Member States have now formally decided to nominate José Manuel Barroso for a second term as president of the European Commission. The “written procedure” used ran out just an hour ago, and resulted in a unanimous vote in favour of Mr. Barroso.

The next step is now the approval by the European Parliament, which will hopefully take place during the September session in Strasbourg.

I am pleased that all Member States have now formally agreed on the nomination of the Commission president, as it will ensure continuity of the Commission’s important work during the autumn on climate change, the economic crisis etc. Following Parliament’s vote in September, the president will also have a clear mandate to prepare the appointment of a new college after the referendum in Ireland.

Yesterday it became clear that the date for the Irish referendum is now set to the 2nd of October.

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