New European Parliament and EU Commission
The new European Parliament and Commission are taking shape, with the election of the EP President, Vice-Presidents, chairs and members of the 20 parliamentary committees. Jean-Claude Juncker will preside over the EU Commission 2014-2019.
HEAL is looking forward to working with the 51 percent returning MEPs and 49 percent of new MEPs to preventing disease and ill-health through environmental protection over the next years. In the past, MEPs have often been the ones pushing for more ambitious measures and stronger protection, and many challenges lie ahead including improving air quality, reducing health effects of chemicals exposures or tackling climate change.
Martin Schulz, an S&D MEP from Germany has been re-elected as President for the next two and a half years and there are now four Commissioners who have become MEPs: Viviane Reding (Luxembourg), Antonio Tajani (Italy), Olli Rehn (Finland) and Janusz Lewandowski (Poland).
There are 20 committees (and 2 sub-committees) in the newly elected Parliament with the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) being one of the largest with 69 members. Giovanni la Via (EPP) from Italy became the chair of ENVI who will work together with the four elected vice-chairs.
On 15 July during the plenary in Strasbourg, the European Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker, former Prime Minister of Luxembourg and President of the Eurogroup, as the new President of the EU Commission. Junker will now bring together the members of the new EU Commission, who will have to be approved by the European Parliament this autumn.
Resources for the European Parliament
- List of 14 EP vice-president and 5 quaestors
- Useful info graphic on the new EP
- Photos of all the members of the ENVI committee here
Originally posted on 24 July 2014