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EP Conference of Presidents: arrangements for electing next Commission President

The European Parliament Group Leaders and the President of the European Parliament, in the framework of the Conference of Presidents, met today European Council President Herman Van Rompuy to the discuss practical arrangements for electing the next President of the European Commission.   A large majority of the EP Political Group Leaders agreed that the next European Commission President must be elected from the "lead candidates" already put forward by the political groups.

The Conference of Presidents also agreed that there will be a meeting of the Conference of Presidents on Tuesday 27 May 20141 at 11.30am to evaluate the results of the election.

In line with Declaration 11 of the Lisbon Treaty, European Parliament President Schulz will inform European Council President of this initial evaluation in the Conference of Presidents ahead of the informal meeting of Heads of State and government on the same day.

There was also a large majority of political group leaders who agree that the European Council should evaluate the European election results and consult the European Parliament political groups before coming with a proposal for a new Commission President.