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EU Parliament will vote on new Commission (minus UK) next week

The European Parliament will vote on Ursula von der Leyens top team next Wednesday, paving the way for the new Commission to start work on December 1, Parliament President David Sassoli said.

He said the vote at a plenary session in Strasbourg will come after the Council backs a College of Commissioners with 27 members, as the U.K. has refused to make a nomination before its December 12 election.

“Today, we have decided that we will have a vote on the college,” Sassoli said after a meeting of the assemblys Conference of Presidents (the leaders of the political groups). “If the vote is positive, on December 1st the European Commission will be able to start its own work.”

Sassoli said the Council will make a statement “on the formation of the 27 commissioners,” regardless of what happens on Friday, which is when the U.K. has been asked to respond to an infringement procedure launched over Londons refusal to nominate a candidate for commissioner.

“Unless there are new facts,” Sassoli said, “there will be a declaration from the Council on the formation of the 27 commissioners … This for us is sufficient given the dialogue and the answers that have been given to us by the British authorities.”

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