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Apparently the EP was using terms like majority and opposition even before 2009 (when I first encountered it). PES considered themselves to be in opposition.

And although there are no ministerial jobs to hand out (until the EP grasp control of appointment of the entire commission (subject to the rules of nationalities among the commissioners, of course)), there are however committee chairmanships to hand out. Remember that after the 2014 election, EFDD lost the chairmanships they would get if the previous strictly  D'Hondt method had been followed, and ALDE were instead rewarded.

But Farage's Parliamentary faction, the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) group, will not obtain the committee chair it is entitled to, the Greens warned.

This is because the posts are voted on by the committee members in a secret ballot and the main parties have struck an agreement among themselves to share the spoils.

Hermann Kelly, a spokesman for the EFDD, denounced "a behind closed-door coup" by the three main pro-European parties - the European People's Party (EPP), the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE).

That could be the beginning of coalition forming, depending on how it evolves this time around.

When it comes to the agenda, it is true that the Commission and Councils largely sets it. But the more the EP appoints the Commission, the more sway the EP will hold over the Commission, and thus the agenda, reducing the Council to more of a house of deliberation.

by fjallstrom on Thu Jun 27th, 2019 at 10:22:47 PM EST
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