There is currently a huge risk of delay after three designated commissioners have been rejected by the European Parliament. It is looking unlikely that Mrs Von Der Leyen will be able take up her mandate as European Commission president on November 1. According to Politico, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel said: “I think the Commission with Mrs von der Leyen needs to be effective as soon as possible we are not in the leadership position that we need to be in in the world and we will discuss this.”
Mrs Von der Leyen was forced to select a new Hungarian commission to stop her leadership team be vetoed by the European Parliament.
Each of the proposed eurocrats need to be accepted by MEPs before the entire team can take office, which is expected on November 1.
This comes as Mrs Von der Leyen had serious exchanges with members of the centrist Renew Europe over the weekend.
The group warned her “the behaviour of some EPP members in the last weeks, beyond Goulard’s case and in several committees, has caused serious doubts about the capacity to build a trusted relation with the EPP”.
This will have consequences for the stability of the political majority which elected von der Leyen.
The rejection of Goulard, herself a former member of the European Parliament, was embarrassing for French President Emmanuel Macron, who nominated her despite investigations in Brussels and Paris over alleged financial misconduct.
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Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law and Policy, HEC Paris, said: “We cannot longer take for granted that VDL will become the next president of the European Commission and her team need an approval by a clear solid majority of the Parliament.
“As up today, Ursula von der Leyen has not a team, she does not have a majority supporting her political agenda.
“The vetting process has given us a taste of what could happen in the next five years.
“The European Parliament has to be listened.
“Any head of state poor government has to realise that it is no longer impose names or policy agenda unless the European Parliament and the majority of the European Parliament would be able to accept it.”
This comes as Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been tipped to replace Merkel as chancellor, she was elected as CDU leader after Mrs Merkel stood down following poor result’s in last year’s state election.
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Mrs Merkel has served as Chancellor since 2005, and led her party from 2000 to 2018.
In 2014, she became the longest-serving head of state in the European Union.
When announcing her decision to step down as party leader last year, she said she would likewise step down as Chancellor in 2021.
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