European Parliament elects Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission


Ecommerce Europe congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker’s European Commission for today’s election by the European Parliament with 423 votes in favor. The votes in support of the new Commission came mainly from the three mainstream groups, that is EPP, S&D and ALDE. Now the European Council will have to formally appoint the new College of Commissioners.

More coordination on digital issues

Ecommerce Europe welcomes in particular the confirmation of Andrus Ansip as Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. Andrus Ansip will steer and coordinate the work of several other Commissioners involved in digital matters, such as the e-commerce sector. This new integrated approach towards digital matters, recently introduced by President-elect Juncker, will allow to have better coordination between Commissioners and Directorate-Generals, and Ecommerce Europe supports this structural revolution in its strive to boost online cross-border commerce. In this regard, Ecommerce Europe’s President, François Momboisse, wrote to President-elect Juncker and his “digital” Commissioners-designate to present them the main priorities for the e-commerce sector.

Juncker’s European Commission
During his hearing before the parliamentary plenary, President-elect Juncker announced some strategic tweaks to his proposed Commission, in order to obtain a broad support, but the other digital and e-commerce related portfolios, such as the Justice or the Internal Market portfolios, have not been touched at all. Ecommerce Europe is looking forward to collaborate with Juncker’s digital team and would be delighted to continue the fruitful collaboration that it had with the outgoing Commission and Directorate-Generals such as DG Connect.

Next steps
Now that the European Parliament elected the new Commission, the European Council still has to formally appoint the new European Commission, but this is only a formality. Ecommerce Europe is pleased that the Juncker’s Commission can take office from 1 November. Ecommerce Europe urges the new team to quickly continue the process for the completion of a real Digital Single Market, something that Ecommerce Europe has been long advocating for, for the development of seamless cross-border e-commerce. As stated by President-elect Juncker during his speech before the Parliament, “every day, Europe is losing out by not unlocking the great potential of our huge digital single market”.

If you would like to have further information on Ecommerce Europe’s vision and suggestions for the growth of the European e-commerce sector, please have a look at our position papers.

For an informative overview of the new College of Commissioners, please click here.