MEPs said that, under the new Lisbon Treaty arrangements, the European Council should honour the citizens’ choice when proposing a candidate for Commission president, to be elected by Parliament. They also added that as many members of the next Commission as possible should be chosen from among elected MEPs.

As rapporteur, Paulo Rangel (EPP, PT) stated: "Our proposals aim at strengthening the European Commission’s democratic legitimacy, ensuring that the separation of powers in the European U...


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