2014 European elections - key media events
Key media events before, during and after the 22-25 May European elections include a presidential debate, election night and the start of consultations on the election of the President of the European Commission.
On 15 May, a presidential debate with the five leading candidates for the presidency of the European Commission will be hosted by Parliament in its Brussels Chamber, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (Eurovision). The debate, from 21.00 to 22.30, will feature Jean-Claude Juncker for the European People's Party, Martin Schulz for the Party of European Socialists, Guy Verhofstadt for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Ska Keller for the Green Party and Alexis Tsipras for the Party of the European Left.
The debate will be broadcast by 49 TV channels, 38 online media and nine radio stations. It will be offered in 23 languages by the European Parliament and, with the help of Euronews, will also be available in Farsi, Ukrainian and Russian.
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Parliament holds its election night on 25 May. Projections of seats based on the latest available exit polls and estimates will be presented to the media from around 22.00. As soon as voting has closed in all EU countries, at 23.00, EU-wide results will start to be made available. Parliament's press room will be open throughout the weekend.
After the elections: first steps towards the election of the Commission President
On 27 May, the current Conference of Presidents – the EP president and leaders of the political groups – will convene at 11.30 in order to make an initial assessment of the election results. EP President Martin Schulz will inform European Council President Herman Van Rompuy of the Conference of Presidents' findings. The European Council – heads of state or government – will meet later that day.