EU summit live: Europe’s priorities & the Juncker question – EurActiv

The European elections on 22-25 May were the first to be held under the Lisbon Treaty.

The treaty states that the European Parliament shall elect the commission president on the basis of a proposal made by the European Council, “taking into account” the results of the European elections (Article 17, Paragraph 7 of the TEU). This will apply for the first time in the 2014 elections.

The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) has put forward Jean-Claude Juncker as their candidate and won the largest number of seats in the European Parliament, making him the natural candidate to succeed José Manuel Barroso as European Commission President. 

But the president of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, has warned against raising false expectations in this process. EU heads of state, too, are split: notably UK prime minister David Cameron has rejected Juncker strongly.

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EU summit live: Europe’s priorities & the Juncker question – EurActiv

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