Infringement procedure by the European Commission against the United Kingdom over failure to name a candidate for the European Commission

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Reports and information relating to the infringement proceedings launched by the European Commission against the United Kingdom (UK), over its failure to name a candidate for the College of Commissioners under the leadership of Ursula von der Leyen.

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Following the acceptance by the European Union (EU) of the UK's request for an extension to the Article 50 process - which deals with the country's withdrawal from the EU (also known as Brexit) - until the end of January 2020, the President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen stated she would expect the national government to put forward a candidate to integrate the College of Commissioners she would lead, expectedly from 1 December 2019. As a result, two letters were sent recalling the UK's obligations under the EU Treaty.

Following the United Kingdom's reply on those letters on 13 November - in which it is stated the government was not in a position to name a candidate - the European Commission decided to launch infringement proceedings by sending a letter of formal notice to the UK for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner. The national authorities were givern until 22 November to provide their views.

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Commentary and Analysis
Institute for Government: Comment, 12/11/2019: The UK’s refusal to appoint a commissioner is a risk for the EU https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/blog/uks-refusal-appoint-commissioner-risk-eu
Reuters, 21/11/2019: Explainer: Why UK's refusal to name new commissioner is headache for EU https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1XV242

News
EurActiv, 14/11/2019: Brexit frustration increases as EU censures UK over failure to nominate commissioner https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/brexit-frustration-increases-as-eu-censures-uk-over-failure-to-nominate-commissioner/
Deutsche Welle, 14/11/2019: Brexit: EU initiates action against UK over commissioner https://p.dw.com/p/3SyXZ
The Independent, 14/11/2019: EU launches legal action against UK for failing to nominate commissioner https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/eu-commissioner-uk-brexit-delay-boris-johnson-article-50-extension-a9203371.html
The Guardian, 14/11/2019: EU launches legal action after UK fails to nominate commission candidate https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/14/uk-not-nominate-eu-commissioner-before-general-election-european-commission
BBC News, 14/11/2019: EU starts proceedings against the UK for not nominating Commissioner https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-50426569
Euronews, 15/11/2019: Brussels launches legal action against UK over commissioner row https://www.euronews.com/2019/11/14/brussels-launches-legal-action-against-uk-over-commissioner-row
EUObserver, 15/11/2019: EU threatens legal action against UK over commissioner https://euobserver.com/brexit/146620
Politico, 22/11/2019: UK ignores EU disciplinary action over failure to appoint commissioner https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-ignores-eu-disciplinary-action-over-failure-to-appoint-commissioner/

Official
European Commission: Press Release, 14/11/2019: European Commission launches infringement proceedings against the UK following its failure to name a candidate for EU Commissioner https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_19_6286

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