EU Commission Survives Vote of No Confidence in Parliament
The European Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker survived the vote of no confidence that was held in the European Parliament earlier today.
As expected, the Members of European Parliament (MEPs) voted overwhelmingly against the censure motion, which had been initiated by the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy parliamentary group.
The MEPs expressed their support for President Juncker and his College of Commissioners, with 461 voting against the censure motion, 101 in favour, while 88 abstained.
Today's results show an increase in support among MEPs for Juncker's Commission, which had been approved with 423 votes in October.
The Eurosceptic parties initiated the vote of no confidence, following the LuxLeaks scandal, which revealed that major tax avoidance schemes had been in operation in Luxembourg during Juncker's term as Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy (1995-2013).
According to the rules of procedure of the European Parliament, for a vote of no confidence to be successful it has to achieve a double majority: 2/3 of all votes casted, and majority of all MEPs (i.e. a minimum of 376 votes).
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