European Council appoints new EU leaders

Following lengthy discussions at the special European Council held between 30 June and 2 July, Heads of State or Government decided on the positions of headship of the main EU institutions for the next years.

The new positions will become effective according to the procedures established in the Treaties.

In a statement after the meeting, current European Council President Donald Tusk said, “First and foremost, we have chosen two women and two men for the four key positions – a perfect gender balance. I am really happy about it. After all Europe is a woman. I think that it was worth waiting for such an outcome.”

President of the European Council
Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel has been elected as the next President of the European Council and President of the Euro Summit.

The President of the European Council is elected for a term of two and a half years, from 1 December 2019 until 31 May 2022, and is renewable once.

The European Council also welcomed the decision of the Heads of State or Government of the Member States whose currency is the euro to appoint Charles Michel as President of the Euro Summit, for the same term of office.

President of the European Commission
German Defence Minister, Ursula von der Leyen has been proposed as the next President of the European Commission.

She will need to be elected by the European Parliament by a majority of its component members. If elected, she will be the first woman in the EU’s history to lead the European Commission.

President of the European Central Bank
Christine Lagarde, current managing director of the International Monetary Fund has been nominated as the candidate for President of the European Central Bank.

The European Council will take a formal decision on the appointment on the basis of a Council recommendation, after having consulted the European Parliament and the European Central Bank’s Governing Council.

The mandate for the President of the European Central Bank is for 8 years and is non-renewable.

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Spanish Foreign Minister, Josep Borrell has been nominated as the candidate for the position of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The formal appointment of the High Representative by the European Council requires the agreement of the President-elect of the Commission.

The President of the Commission, the High Representative and the other members of the Commission will be subject as a body to a vote of consent by the European Parliament, before the formal appointment by the European Council. Their term of office will last five years from the end of the current Commission until 31 October 2024.

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