EU elections 2019: choosing "Spitzenkandidaten” for EU Commission President  

Parliament is ready to reject any candidate for EU Commission President who is not nominated as a “lead candidate” ahead of the 2019 EU elections, says a resolution to be debated and voted on Wednesday.

MEPs reiterate their support for the “Spitzenkandidaten” process, in which European political parties designate “lead candidates” for the post of EU Commission President, ahead of EU elections. This system was first used in 2014, to select current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Parliament’s proposed changes to a framework agreement on its relations with the European Commission would allow serving EU Commissioners to run for election to Parliament, and also to be designated as Spitzenkandidaten to become EU Commission President, without first having to take unpaid leave of absence.


The suggested changes to the inter-institutional agreement result from negotiations between Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (President and political group leaders) and the EU Commission. They were approved by the Constitutional Affairs Committee on 23 January 2018.

Procedure Code: 2017/2233(ACI)

Debate:  Wednesday, 7 February

Vote: Wednesday, 7 February

Procedure: Consent

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