European Parliament still to publish name of elected MEPs

The European Parliament will not issue a provisional list of MEPs and will only publish the official list once it has received all names from all national authorities, which can submit names right up to 1 July. Nothing Is expected before the first EP plenary session on 2 July.

 

Decision on Commission President postponed to 30 June

EU leaders will reconvene on 30 June to try and reach agreement on a nominee for Commission President and other top jobs. The future of the Spitzenkandidat process remains in doubt with the likelihood that the price for eliminating Manfred Weber (EPP) from the Commission job could also lead to Frans Timmermans (S&D) and Margrethe Vestager (Renew Europe) dropping out. Many of the key leaders will be at the G20 in Japan and talks are likely to continue there. There is pressure to find some agreement on the package of top jobs by the start of July as the Parliament is due to elect its President , which is part of the package, on 2 July.

 

European Council adopts Strategic Agenda 2019-2024

 

While EU leaders could not agree on who will lead the EU, they did adopt the new priorities that provide the overall framework and direction to guide the work of the EU institutions over the next 5 years.

It focuses on four main priorities and how to deliver them:

  • protecting citizens and freedoms
  • developing a strong and vibrant economic base
  • building a climate-neutral, green, fair and social Europe
  • promoting European interests and values on the global stage.

 

Political groups elect leaders

All the main political groups have now elected their leadership team.

 

EPP (182 MEPs):

  • Manfred Weber (DE) was re-elected unopposed and continues to have the support of the EPP group and EPP leaders to be Commission president.
  • 10 Vice-Chairmen in order of preferential votes Dubravka Šuica (HR), Esteban González Pons (ES), Ewa Kopacz (PL), Siegfried Mureşan (RO), Mairead Mcguinness (IE), Esther De Lange (NL), Arnaud Danjean (FR), Andrey Kovatchev BG), Evangelos Meimarakis (EL), Paulo Rangel(PT).

 

Socialists S&D (153 MEPs)

  • Iratxe Garcia (ES) was elected leader unopposed following the withdrawal of current President Udo Bullmann  (DE), signalling the leading role of the Spanish delegation in the S&D. Former Chair of the Women’s Rights Committee, she put gender equality, social justice and the environment at the heart of her campaign.
  • VPs: Eric Andrieu (FR), Biljana Borzan (HR), Miriam Dalli (MT), Heléne Fritzon (SE), Roberto Gualtieri (IT), Bernd Lange (DE), Claude Moraes (UK), Kati Piri (NL) Rovana Plumb (RO), Eero Heinäluoma (FI)-Treasurer.

 

Renew Europe (108 MEPs):

  • Dacian Ciolos (RO) elected leader, beating Sophie In t’Veld (NL) by 65 votes to 41. He is a former Romanian PM, Agriculture Commissioner and his new Plus party fought on a pro-European, anti-corruption ticket. Renew Europe replaces the former ALDE (Liberal) group.
  • VPs: Malik Azmani 1st VP (NL); Iskra Mihaylova (BG), Katalin Cesh (HU), Frédérique Ries (BE), Morten Lokkegaard (DK), Luis Garicano (ES), Dominique Riquet (FR) and Martin Horwood (UK)

 

Greens (75 MEPs):

  •  Ska Keller (DE) and Philippe Lamberts (BE) were re-elected as co-presidents.
  • VPs: Alyn Smith (GB): 1st VP and President European Free Alliance (EFA), Bas Eickhout (NL) VP and Treasurer, Terry Reintke (DE), Ernest Urtasun (ES), Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield (FR), Molly Scott Cato (GB), Alice Bah Kuhnke (SE)

 

Identity & Democracy (73 MEPs):

  • Marco Zanni (IT) from the Lega was elected Chairman, with Nicolas Bay (FR) from Rassemblement National as deputy. ID replaces the former far-right ENF group.
  • They have MEPs from 9 Member States – the Italian Lega (28) and French RN (22) dominate, with the addition of 11 German AfD from the EFDD group, 1 Dane and 2 Finns from the ECR and the far-right Estonian EKRE.

 

ECR (63 MEPs)

  • Ryszard Legutko (PL) and Raffaele Fitto (IT) elected as co-leaders.
  • Jan Zahradil (CZ), who ran as their Spitzenkandidat for Commission President, will be their candidate for President of the European Parliament.
  • The Group announced that it now had 63 MEPs from 15 member states, with the 3 Spanish VOX MEPs as the latest recruits. The Flemish NV-A decided this week to remain within the ECR group.
  • VPs: Derk Jan Eppink (NL) Daniel Hannan  (UK) Assita Kanko (BE) Peter Lundgren (SE) Hermann Tertsch Del Valle-Lersundi (ES) Roberts Zile (LV). Co-Treasurers -Angel Dzhambazki  (BG) Kosma Zlotowski  (PL)