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    European Parl't Approves New Composition of European Commission Headed by Von Der Leyen

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    The European Parliament approved on Wednesday the new composition of the European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, for a five-year term.

    "The European Parliament gave its approval to the new European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen. Now the European Council has to approve the Commission by a qualified majority before it takes office on 1 December," the parliament wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

    ​The new European Commission was approved in a 467-157 vote, with 89 abstentions.

    The commission will take office on 1 December without a representative of the United Kingdom.

    Ursula von der Leyen has become the first woman to head the bloc's executive institution.

    Commenting on the vote, Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU executive branch would strive to set a balanced approach to migration issues by searching for solutions that would work for all.

    "People expect Europe to find common solution to the shared challenge of migration. This is an issue that has divided us, but we should step forward, we need solutions that work for all," von der Leyen said while making address before the voting.

    The European Commission president-elect stressed that it was important to make sure that those who needed protection would be able to find a shelter in Europe, while those who had not right for that would come back home.

    "Europe will always provide shelter for those who are in need of international protection, [and] it is in our interest that those who stay are integrated to our society, but we also have to ensure that those who have no right to stay return home," von der Leyen pointed out.

    The main scope of responsibilities in the field of migration will be assigned to the European Commissioner for Home Affairs. Sweden's Ylva Johansson will assume this post in the new composition of the European Commission.

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