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January 21 2015

EU Confirms New Heads of the European Commission - But Who Will Drive Data Protection Reforms?

The European Parliament voted to approve the President of the European Commission 's selections for his team of European Commissioners. Jean-Claude Juncker 's picks received strong endorsement from MEPs, with 423 in favour, 209 against, and 67 abstentions. Even so, he was forced to amend his proposal ahead of the vote after a few of his first picks failed to win over hostile MEPs during Parliamentary confirmation hearings. The new Commissioners will take office on November 3rd, although questions remain over the division of authority within the new Commission with respect to privacy and data protection.