A new vision for agriculture
momagri, movement for a world agricultural organization, is a think tank chaired by Christian Pèes.
It brings together, managers from the agricultural world and important people from external perspectives,
such as health, development, strategy and defense. Its objective is to promote regulation
of agricultural markets by creating new evaluation tools, such as economic models and indicators,
and by drawing up proposals for an agricultural and international food policy.

The Juncker Commission takes office

Frédéric Hénin, Editor-in-Chief, Terre-net

Article published in Terre-net Magazine

The mandate of the European Commission presided by Jean-Claude Juncker officially began on November 1, 2014 and will end on October 31, 2019.

Upon starting his term of office on November 1, 2014, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission declared, “Thanks to the democratic support of European citizens, the European Parliament and Heads of State and government, today the new Commission takes office. Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get down to work. Europe’s challenges cannot wait. As of today, my team and I will work hard to deliver Europe the new state we have promised. Together, with a strong and experienced team I look forward to deliver for Europe during the next five years.”

Among the European Commission’s new commissioners, the agriculture and rural development portfolio goes to Phil Hogan, the former Irish minister for the environment, and that of Commissioner for the Environment to Karmenu Vella.

“Europe’s challenges cannot wait” is the order of the day. This is the first time, since the first European Parliament hearings were introduced under the Delors Commission in 1994, that a European commission takes office on time.

The start of the Juncker Commission’s term marks the end of a lengthy process leading the new European Commission. Following the first pan-European election campaign, the European Council proposed to the European Parliament the candidacy of Jean-Claude Juncker for the presidency of the Commission on June 27. By doing so, the European Council took into account the results of the elections to the European Parliament, as required under Article 17, Paragraph 2 of the European Union Treaty.


On July 15, the European Parliament elected Mr. Juncker by a wide majority––422 votes while 376 were required for majority––based on the policy directions he presented to the Parliament.

Following this election and the hearings of candidates for the posts of commissioners, the President-Elect chose the other Commission members. On September 5, the President-Elect and the Council jointly agreed upon the final list of designated commissioners. President-Elect Juncker introduced the members of his team and allocated portfolios on September 10, prior to the individual hearings of designated commissioners before the European Parliament’s competent committees.

On this basis and following several adjustments by Mr. Juncker regarding his team to comply with the objections raised by the European Parliament, said Parliament approved the whole college of commissioners with 426 votes out of 699. The European Council then named the European Commission at its October 23 summit.

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Paris, 24 June 2019