|Author (Corporate)||Cardiff EDC|
|Content Type||News, Overview|
Reports, analyses and information regarding the process by which the leading figures of the main institutions of the European Union (EU) are selected, following the European Parliament elections in May 2019.
The European Parliament elections - held between 23-26 May 2019 - produced a number of relevant changes in its composition and balance of political power. The outcome of the election was seen by analysts as a major factor influencing the selection of the figures set to lead the main institutions of the European Union - Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Central Bank (ECB), as well as the EU High Representative of Foreign Affairs.
One of the main questions resides on the impact of the so-called Spitzenkandidaten process, which led the main political groups to nominate lead candidates prior to the election. These figures would theoretically be the main candidates to lead the European Commission. However, some members of the European Council signalled their resistance in accepting that process as it would restrict the pool of potential candidates. Another sticking issue has to do with gender equality, together with a proportional distribution of the leading positions across the different European regions.
The process was launched during an informal meeting of the European Council on 28 May. A group of six national leaders - representative of the three biggest political groups in the new composition of the European Parliament - was informally designated to further discuss the distribution of the top jobs. A number of senior figures emerged across media outlets as potential candidates for these positions.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||European Commission, European Council, European Parliament|
|Keywords||European Central Bank [ECB], Union Foreign Minister | EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|