European Parliament To Discuss No-Confidence Motion Against Jean-Claude Juncker

World » EU | November 24, 2014, Monday // 08:13
Bulgaria: European Parliament To Discuss No-Confidence Motion Against Jean-Claude Juncker Jean-Claude Juncker. Archive photo. Photo: EPA/BGNES

The European Parliament will discuss on Monday the no-confidence motion against the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

It was tabled last week by the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, which is chaired by Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Eurosceptic MEPs from the British UKIP, the French National Front and Italy's Five Star Movement expressed their support for the motion, collecting a total of 76 signatures - enough to pass the 10% threshold in order for the motion to be put on the agenda.

The motion comes in response to the recent LuxLeaks scandal, which revealed the functioning of serious tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg during Juncker's tenure as Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy.

The motion will be voted on Wednesday, but is expected to be defeated, as Juncker has the solid support of the two largest groups in the European Parliament, while the Eurosceptic parties together have only about 100 of the 751 seats in the European Parliament. In order for the motion to pass, are needed at least 376 votes in favour.

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