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European Parliament approves revised slate of Commissioners

[JURIST] The European Parliament voted 449-149 (with 82 abstentions) Thursday to approve the slate of incoming EU Commissioners as put forth by new Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Barroso withdrew his original slate of commissioners from consideration by the European Parliament after Rocco Buttiglione, who was nominated for the EU justice portfolio, received harsh criticism for expressing conservative views on homosexuality and marriage during parliamentary review hearings. Barroso made several changes to the slate of Commissioners, including replacing Buttiglione with Franco Frattini, after Buttiglione withdrew his name from consideration. Earlier this week, Frattini successfully faced parliamentary review hearings of his nomination to the justice portfolio. The new Commissioners will begin work Monday. Watch recorded video of Thursday's European Parliament vote. The European Commission has profiles of the new Commissioners. BBC News has more.

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