Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (right) and Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on August 5 for Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Ngan affirmed Vietnam always considers the European Union one of its leading important partners, especially in economics, trade and investment. She expressed her delight at new steps of development in the bilateral comprehensive cooperation and partnership over the past time. The two sides signed the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA); implemented cooperation mechanisms such as Partnership and Cooperation … [Read more...] about Top legislator welcomes European Commission’s Vice-President
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0 Have your say Ursula von der Leyen has been approved as the first female president of the European Commission by MEPs. The German defence minister was confirmed in the role by a European Parliament vote of 383-327, with 22 abstentions.The move required an absolute majority under EU rules.She was nominated by EU leaders to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as part of an overall appointments deal between nations, but still needed the backing of MEPs. Ms von der Leyen was a last-minute candidate and many legislators were angry none of their lead candidates were selected for the top job. The secret ballot announcement came after Ms von der Leyen had clashed with Nigel Farage in the European Parliament as she said she would allow another Brexit extension beyond October 31 if there were good reasons. The in-coming commission president said she respected but regretted the UK’s decision to leave the EU.She said: “We cannot talk about Europe … [Read more...] about MEPs back Leyen as first female president of European Commission
News / World by Press Association 16/07/2019, 7:20 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the new European Commission President. The European Parliament voted 383-327 with 22 abstentions on to approve Ms von der Leyen’s nomination. The confirmation required an absolute majority of 374 votes. She said: “I feel so honoured and I am overwhelmed. The task ahead of us humbles me.” The outgoing German defence minister was nominated by EU leaders as part over an overall appointments package, but still needed the backing of the parliament. She was a last-minute candidate and many MEPs were angry none of their lead candidates were picked for the job. She said: “My message to all of you is: let us work together constructively.” Ms Von der Leyen set out her political objectives on a greener, gender-equal Europe where the rule of law continues to hold sway earlier in the day. Her approval … [Read more...] about European Commission’s new president confirmed by MEPs
Voters across the European Union are preparing to go to the polls at the end of May for the 2019 European Parliament election. Turnout has been on a downward trend ever since the first ballot 40 years ago, with the perceived complexity of how things work in Brussels one frequently posited explanation. As part of a series outlining the form and functions of the key EU institutions, here we explain the role of the European Commission. What is the European Commission? The European Commission is the politically independent executive body of the European Union. It proposes new European legislation, implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, and is responsible for the day-to-day running of the bloc. Established in 1958, it is based in Brussels – where it has its headquarters at the Berlaymont building in the European Quarter – and Luxembourg, and has offices around the world. It is led by a president and a team (or "college") of … [Read more...] about What does the European Commission do?
Opinion piece by Radosveta Vassileva and Panicos Demetriades The decline of EU values in individual member states has, sadly, demonstrated the failure of the European Commission to fulfill its most important task – to serve as ‘Guardian of the Treaties.’ Partly because of ambitious compromises in the name of developing the European project and partly because of the personal realpolitik of politicians from the European People’s Party (EPP) and Party of European Socialists (PES), the EU seems incapable of surviving the current storm, unless there is a change of leadership. Sinking ship While the democratic decay in Hungary and Poland has attracted much commentary, a quick glimpse at reputable indices not only shows that EU values are challenged in many member states, but also demonstrates the huge - if not widening - gap between EU countries, which a long line of Commissions has struggled to address. The 2018 Democracy Index by the Economist Intelligence Unit … [Read more...] about Isn’t it high time for skillful leadership at the European Commission? ǀ View