EU Hits Snarls in Filling European Commission
(Courthouse News) — BRUSSELS, Belgium — The start of the new European Commission, slated to open Friday, will be delayed at least a month, as three commissioners remain unseated.
President-elect Ursula von der Leyen is short at least three commissioners for the Commission, which was scheduled to start Friday.
…The European Commission, or EC, is the executive body of the European Union and operates as a cabinet government with a representative from each of the 28 member states. Under EU law, every country must be represented and nations generally put forth a candidate in consultation with the president-elect. Candidates are scrutinized by the legal affairs committee.
This is where the trouble for two of von der Leyen’s commissioners started. In September, Romania’s Rovana Plumb and Hungary’s László Trócsányi were rejected for having conflicts of interest: Plumb for failing to disclose 1 million euros in loans in her financial declaration and Trócsányi for work for a law firm he founded, carried out on behalf of the Hungarian government.
…British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in his first speech to parliament as prime minister, said: “We will not nominate a UK commissioner for the new commission.”