- The EU Parliament can censure the EU Commission by a vote of no confidence (Photo: European Parliament)
- A motion of censure has never had a majority.
- It is also known as “the nuclear bomb” because the EU Parliament can get rid of the EU Commission, but has no right to appoint a new one.
- On 15th March 1999, the Santer EU Commission resigned on its own initiative - not through an adopted motion of censure.
- Under the Treaty of Nice, the Commission President can sack a single member with the support of the majority in the Commission.
- In May 2004 a motion of censure for the Eurostat-affair received 88 votes in favour, 63 were undecided and 515 voted against the motion.
The futureThe EU Parliament can only sack the whole Commission and is arguing for the right to be able to sack individual commissioners.