Steering Europe’s hardpressed economies out of dangerous waters will be the focus of the new EU commission after finally getting approval from the European parliament. The president and his team insist delivering jobs and growth will be their top priority.
The EU executive was given an overwhelming 5 year mandate. 488 MEPs voted in favour, compared to 137 against. There were 72 abstentions.
Despite the warm hugs and handshakes political infighting and Lisbon Treaty ratification delayed approval by three months. In the meantime, a deficit and debt crisis has been raging, putting extreme pressure on the euro currency.
For some, however, the new EU executive won’t have much to live up to.
Earlier outside the commissions offices in Brussels protesters made sure it was an unusually warm goodbye for Marianne Fischer-Boel, burning an effigy of the outgoing Agriculture commissioner.