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London hopes that the delay of its commissioner does not prevent the European Commission from taking possession

November 25, 2019

The Twenty Eight give the green light to the team of Von der Leyen without the British


The Government of the United Kingdom has insisted on Monday that it will not appoint its candidate to integrate the new European Commission before the elections of December 12, although it hopes that these delays do not constitute an obstacle for the team of the German Ursula Von der Leyen can take the reins “as soon as possible”.

“We have explained our position to the EU on numerous occasions, including in our initial letter,” said a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, referring to the messages that London has moved to Brussels and which has made it clear That will not take any steps in the coming weeks.

London hopes that the delay of its commissioner does not prevent the European Commission from taking possessionLondon hopes that the delay of its commissioner does not prevent the European Commission from taking possession

The new Community Executive was conceived in principle to accommodate representatives of twenty-seven countries, but the extension of Brexit has also forced the incorporation of a British commissioner, for which the first step consists of one or several formal nominations by the Government of United Kingdom.

“The United Kingdom does not intend or stop the EU procedures for the formation of a new Commission as soon as possible,” said the spokesman for Downing Street, according to Reuters news agency.

Precisely this Monday the Council has given its approval to the list of the College of Commissioners of Von der Leyen that leaves blank the United Kingdom box, a decision that the Member States have taken indicating that the British absence is due to the Government's decision Johnson's failure to present a candidate and that the European Commission has reacted by initiating a disciplinary proceedings.

Brussels, in effect, opened an infringement procedure for the United Kingdom for breaching its obligations as a Member State and gave it until last Friday to correct the situation. London has not responded to this deadline and still does not appoint a candidate on the grounds that it cannot do so in the pre-election period, so the file remains open.

A community spokeswoman has confirmed that this way the first phase of the procedure is overcome and that now the Community Executive “will analyze the situation and see if it is necessary to go one step further,” that is, open the second phase of the file that would take a new step. within two months to the country to amend the situation.

The third and final phase would allow the Commission to take the United Kingdom to the Court of Justice of the European Union to be sanctioned if the European Justice agrees with Brussels.

Community sources are cautious about what will happen in the coming weeks because the Commission will take into account legal and “political” issues and warn that nothing forces Brussels to make a decision one way or another, or an “automatic” calendar.

In any case, with the approval of the Council to the list of commissioners, the new team of Von der Leyen will face its last examination this Wednesday with the vote in the plenary session of the European Parliament. Except for surprises, the European Chamber will also give its approval and the new Community Executive will take office on December 1.

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