YEREVAN, July 15. / ARKA /. Jean-Claude Juncker has been elected by the European Parliament as the new president of the European Commission. On 15 July 422 out of 751 MEPs voted to support his candidacy, with 376 being the minimum number of votes required, according to news reports.
Juncker was officially proposed as a candidate for Commission president by the heads of state and government in the European Council, following the European elections in which the European People's Party (EPP) won the highest number of seats in Parliament.
EPP had put forward the former prime minister of Luxembourg as candidate for Commission president prior to the elections in May. Last week Junker’s candidature was opposed solely by the leaders of the United Kingdom and Hungary.
Following his election, the successor of Jose Manual Barroso, said that the European Union would not expand in the next five years. Ongoing accession talks will be continued, especially with the Western Balkans which in, Juncker’s view, need European perspective.
Speaking ahead of the vote, Juncekr presented his political guidelines for the next European Commission as set out in a document entitled "A new start for Europe: My agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change".
Juncker said he wants to work for "a Union that is committed to democracy and reform; that is not meddlesome but works for its citizens rather than against them. I want to work for a Union that delivers."
Juncker said his top priority will be getting Europe growing again and getting people back to work.
Juncker also detailed on his aim for a social market economy, including a 300 billion euros investment package to boost growth, employment and competitiveness, his views on making the EU
Commission/ECB/IMF Troika more democratic, the margin for flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact and his ideas for a European energy union. -0-