Parliament backed the appointment of Sir Julian King as Commissioner for the Security Union by 394 votes to 161, with 83 abstentions, in a secret ballot.
The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee held a hearing with the candidate commissioner on Monday evening. You can watch the full recording of the hearing here.
Parliament must be consulted before a replacement commissioner can take office (TFEU article 246). Now that MEPs have given their green light, member states can proceed with the final appointment.
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As Commissioner for the Security Union, Julian King will support the implementation of the European Agenda on Security and contribute to delivering an operational and effective Security Union. He will work under the guidance of Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermanns, complementing the work of Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, who is in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship.