Informal dinner of heads of state or government, 28 May 2019

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Heads of state of government from the European Union held an informal meeting on 28 May 2019.

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Members of the European Council assessed the outcome of the European Parliament elections and launched the nomination process for the new heads of the main institutions of the European Union - President of the European Council, President of the European Commission, President of the European Parliament, the EU High-Representative for Foreign Policy and head of the European Central Bank (ECB). EU leaders requested the outgoing European Council President Donald Tusk to start consultations with Member States and the European Parliament on these matters.

Media sources and commentators highlighted a number of elements to be taken into in the negotiations for who leads the different EU institutions in the next cycle - the outcome of the European elections and the changing weight of the different political families, the distribution of seats across the different regions of the European Union, the importance of the Spitzenkandidaten process, issues related to gender balance and overall challenges facing the European Union going forward.

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European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk at the press conference of the informal dinner of EU heads of state or government
European Parliament: Press Release, 28/05/2019: Conference of Presidents' statement

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