EU Commission Chief Juncker Facing No-Confidence Vote

EU | November 19, 2014, Wednesday // 16:49|  views

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference on Luxembourg leaks after a week under pressure at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, 12 November 2014. Photo EPA/BGNES

The new President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will face a vote of no confidence tabled by right-wing and far-right Eurosceptic parties.

The censure motion, to be put to the vote at the next plenary session of the European Parliament, comes in response to the recent LuxLeaks scandal, which revealed the functioning of serious tax avoidance schemes in Luxembourg during Juncker's tenure as Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy.

The motion was tabled by the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, which is chaired by Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP).

Eurosceptic MEPs from the British UKIP, the French National Front and Italy's Five Star Movement expressed their support for the motion, collecting a total of 76 signatures - enough to pass the 10% threshold in order for the motion to be put on the agenda.

The motion is expected to be defeated as the Eurosceptic parties together have only about 100 of the 751 seats in the European Parliament.

Moreover, Juncker has the solid backing of the two largest groups in the European Parliament – the European People's Party and the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

LuxLeaks has revealed that authorities in Luxembourg allowed big corporations like IKEA, Pepsi and Deutsche Bank to pay as little as 0.25 % tax on their profits.

The vote is expected to be held on Tuesday, November 25 in Strasbourg.

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Tags: EU, no-confidence vote, Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commission, European parliament, eurosceptic, UKIP, Nigel Farage, LuxLeaks


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