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(2) Nomination and election of new EU leaders (from 28 May 2019)
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(2) Nomination and election of new EU leaders (from 28 May 2019)

This evening there is an informal dinner of the heads of state/government to kickstart the nomination and election process of the new leaders of the EU institutions

Information on the informal dinner meeting: 
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/meeti...019/05/28/

Information on the nomination and election procedures:
https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/39...ft-rev.pdf

Statement of the Conference of Presidents of the EU Parliament
https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/p...-statement

Live Blog:
https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elec...and-views/

Twitter, hashtag #EUCO
https://twitter.com/hashtag/euco?lang=en


Latest posts on this Live Blog say that the EPP is not prepared to give up the Commission presidency of Weber, Merkel reaffirmed her support for Weber, while Macron confirmed that Vestager, Barnier and Timmermans could be in the running for the top jobs.



Update from Ajda:

Composition of European Parliament pre-Brexit and post-Brexit  Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation  

EuropeElects now has EP seats before and after Brexit (see the buttons above the hemicycle graphics):
http://europeelects.eu/ep2019/
They are also following developments as the party groups for the new parliament are being forged and updating their graphics accordingly.

Graphics showing the composition of the EP in 2004 and in 2019 (both before and after Brexit) are here:
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...63#pid9363

Politico too has good visualisation tools:
https://europeelects.eu/ep2019/


The current balance of power in the European Council is here (graph and list of EUCO members):
http://debateuncensored.co.uk/showthread...64#pid9364
Reinforced qualified majority is needed for nomination of the EuCom president:
* at least 72% of member states (= at least 21 countries) which represent
* at least 65% of total EU population.
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(28-05-19, 03:59 PM)Real European Wrote: Latest posts on this Live Blog say that the EPP is not prepared to give up the Commission presidency of Weber, Merkel reaffirmed her support for Weber, while Macron confirmed that Vestager, Barnier and Timmermans could be in the running for the top jobs. 
Denmark should not be rewarded for not being in the euro, only the partners of everything should have the highest positions.
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Meanwhile on Twitter: 

Dave Keating Wrote:One thing everyone is very grateful for at this #EUCO is that it will be #Brexit-free. There’s no point discussing it with May tonight as she is now irrelevant. Here in the press center we’ve been spared the hoard of British journos that have been invading the past few summits."
https://twitter.com/DaveKeating/status/1...6282227713


Dave Keating Wrote:Word is Merkel is very annoyed this #EUCO dinner was called at all. She sees it as an attempt by Tusk, at the urging of Macron, to sideline the EU Parliament. She wants the Council to leave tonight with no names and leave the EP to see what majority is possible for EC president
https://twitter.com/DaveKeating/status/1...5267134465
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Financial Times:

"EU leaders warned against imposing candidates for Commission job
Statement by party chiefs comes ahead of Brussels summit to discuss appointments"

Full article: https://t.co/AgWuTGAa5x


Note: full  statement of "party chiefs" (EP Presidents' statement) can be read here: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/p...-statement

This statement was not signed by the Libdems.
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Nikos Chrysoloras, Bloomberg -1m ago Wrote:#Euco weirdness: Orban has said he opposes @ManfredWeber's bid for the @EU_Commission because he's not conservative enough, and @tsipras_eu says he opposes him because he's extremely conservative. In any case, Tsipras and Orban in total agreement that they oppose Weber.

https://twitter.com/nchrysoloras/status/...4127882241


S&D Group - 12 m ago Wrote:Sustainability and social justice: That's our compass for the next five years  @UdoBullmann speaks to the press ahead of #EUCO on the growing support for @TimmermansEU

* video press statement**
https://twitter.com/TheProgressives/stat...0004506625
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(28-05-19, 04:19 PM)SwaziKing Wrote: Denmark should not be rewarded for not being in the euro, only the partners of everything should have the highest positions.

Tusk's country is also not in the euro...
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More sources:

POLITICO EU summit: Live blog  Exclamation  
https://www.politico.eu/article/eu-europ...live-blog/


The informal EUCO meeting started at 18.00 CET. Videos of statements of EU leaders at arrival are available from Ebs:
https://audiovisual.ec.europa.eu/en/ebs/both/20190528  Exclamation  

Check the Ebs schedule above also for list of the announced multi- and bilateral meetings (includes Tusk-May, the Višegrad group) - so that you get an impression who is meeting whom separately from the main meeting).


There will be a press conference after the dinner - you can watch live on Ebs.

Also at the above Ebs link:

This morning, there was Extraordinary meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Party Groups in the European Parliament - about procedures for election of new EU leaders. After the meeting, leaders of some party groups had a press conference - see videos at 12.03 on Ebs+ schedule at the above link. See also:

Tajani says majority of Parliament backs ‘lead candidate’ system
Battle lines drawn with European Council over next Commission president as liberals go own way.
https://www.politico.eu/article/tajani-e...candidate/

ALDE-R already have a spat with other groups.  Wink  

Note that at the beginning of the EUCO dinner, Tajani presented the position of the European parliament to the leaders.

Also, this EUCO meeting is under strict info blackout to prevent leaks. Phones will be jammed and the leaders will have no aides with them at the meeting (which begs the question why May = a 'spy' from a hostile country - is allowed to sit there).

Austrian ex-PM Kurz is not there:
The Austrian president appointed ex-finance minister Hartwig Löger to serve as interim chancellor and represent the country at the Council dinner tonight. (Politico)

One Weber's supporter out.
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EURACTIV, 18:07 Wrote:"EPP sources also confirmed that no name will come up tonight, there will only be a discussion on the appointment’s method."

https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elec...-and-views
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(28-05-19, 05:36 PM)Ajda Slovenia Wrote: Tusk's country is also not in the euro...
That is why it was easy for him to grant extensions, his country does not feel the pain of the Eurozone and of those that want further integration.
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The idea of tonight's dinner is to agree on process (read: they won't be able to reach agreement on a nominee).

By June they want to arrive at a list with one name per post for each of the institutions.

Negotiatiators are


- for the EPP:  Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and Latvian Prime Minister Arturs Krišjānis Kariņš
- for the Libdems: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel
- for the Social Democrats: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa

EP president Tajani said that the Parliament "will give further indications to the Council before the next meeting".


Source: https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elec...and-views/


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