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06/12/2016

Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

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Wrap-up: first 100 days of #TeamJunckerEU

Jean-Claude Juncker is expected to attend media briefings on Wednesdays [EPP/Flickr]

EurActiv looks back at the first 100 days of the new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker, showing how the new team progressed.   

Juncker started his five-year mandate on 1 November 2014 after winning a vote of approval from the European Parliament on 22 October.

The first 100 days of the Juncker Commission were seen as crucial in showing citizens and national politicians that the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg is ready to deliver on his promise: a new start for Europe. 

As the first 100 days are now over, EurActiv has asked European poilcymakers to evaluate the first months of #TeamJuncker’s work. 

Background

The new European Commission led by Jean-Claude Juncker started its mandate on 1 November.

The 28-strong team of EU Commissioners secured confirmation from the European Parliament on 22 October, winning over a grand coalition of Socialists and centre-right MEPs.

>> Read: Juncker wins support for 'last-chance' Commission

Speaking to MEPs ahead of the vote, Juncker warned that his Commission represented the "last chance" to win back citizens’ trust.

Pledging to break with the past, Juncker promised his team will be "very political".

"Either we succeed in bringing European citizens closer to Europe, or we fail," he told MEPs. "Either we manage [...] to dramatically reduce unemployment, or we fail. Either we give a perspective to young Europeans, or we fail," Juncker said in a debate that saw him deploy humour to placate both the right and left.