Is the European Commission unelected or undemocratic?

Published: 9th Dec 2019

The European Commission isn't directly elected by citizens in the EU. But the President of the Commission needs to be approved by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are elected by voters from member states. MEPs also vote on whether to approve Commissioners who are nominated by governments of member states.

'Democratic' means different things to different people, and we've discussed this before here.

 

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