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No settlement on prime EU posts at summit

How should the top EU posts be filled? According to Council President Charles Michel, there is still no answer to this question

How ought to the highest EU posts be stuffed? According to Council President Charles Michel, there’s nonetheless no reply to this query. Photo

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About every week after the European elections, Ursula von der Leyen was supposed to beat one other hurdle on the best way to a second time period as President of the European Commission. But the plan didn’t work out.

The heads of state and authorities of the EU international locations had been unable to achieve a ultimate settlement on the brand new appointments to prime EU posts at a summit in Brussels. Council President Charles Michel mentioned this in a single day. Ursula von der Leyen can not but be solely certain whether or not she shall be nominated by the heads of state and authorities for a second time period as President of the EU Commission.

At the tip of subsequent week, the heads of state and authorities will meet for one more summit. The prime posts shall be mentioned once more.

According to diplomats, one cause for the dispute was that the social gathering household, together with the CDU and CSU events, wished to make sure that the place of EU Council President was not stuffed instantly for 5 years. This would imply that they might theoretically lay declare to the place after two and a half years. The Social Democrats rejected this, in response to sources near the negotiations.

EPP by far the strongest pressure

The bourgeois-conservative EPP turned by far the strongest political pressure within the European elections in the beginning of June, forward of the Social Democrats and the Liberals. It was due to this fact thought of probably that its prime candidate, Ursula von der Leyen, would be capable of stay President of the EU Commission for one more 5 years.

The presidency of the EU Commission is by far an important place to be stuffed after the European elections. The incumbent is the boss of round 32,000 workers who, amongst different issues, make proposals for brand spanking new EU legal guidelines and monitor compliance with the European treaties. He additionally sits on the desk as an EU consultant at nearly all main worldwide summits such because the G7 or G20.

In addition to the presidency of the Commission and the publish of President of the Council, the personnel package deal additionally contains the appointment of the publish of the EU's overseas coverage chief. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas is the favorite for the latter, whereas former Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa is being thought of for the publish of President of the Council. Like Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Costa belongs to the Social Democrats (S&D) social gathering household, whereas Kallas, like French President Emmanuel Macron, belongs to the Liberals (Renew).

Increased certified majority required

In distinction to the Commission President and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs, the President of the Council is definitely solely elected for two.5 years. However, in latest personnel negotiations, the publish was promised to a celebration household for 5 years, like the opposite posts.

A so-called strengthened certified majority is required for the choice within the physique of heads of state and authorities of the EU states. This signifies that at the very least 20 of the 27 EU states needed to agree they usually should additionally signify at the very least 65 p.c of the entire inhabitants of the EU.

Currently, a dozen heads of state and authorities within the European Council belong to the member events of the centre-right EPP alliance. This is adopted by the group of liberals, which incorporates French President Macron specifically, and the group of social democratic heads of state and authorities with politicians akin to Chancellor Scholz.