EU Presidential Debate: lead candidate Nico Cué (EL) 


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Nico Cué will be one of the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission taking part in a live Eurovision debate at the Parliament in Brussels on 15 May.

About Cué

Name: Nico Cué

European political party: European Left (EL)

Nationality: Spanish

Age: 62

Career: Retired

2006 - 2019 Secretary-General of the steelworkers in the FGBT union (Fédération Générale du Travail de Belgique)

Started working as a steelworker at 20

About the debate

Political parties put forward candidates for the post of president of the European Commission ahead of the European elections. The lead candidate nominated by the Council, and able to command a majority in Parliament, will be elected President of the European Commission by a vote of Parliament.

The lead candidates are sometimes referred to by the German term spitzenkandidaten. This system was first used in 2014 to select current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Presidential Debate - EU Elections 2019 on 15 May at 21.00 CET is an opportunity to discover where the lead candidates stand on a range of issues.

Some political parties have nominated more than one lead candidate, but have nominated a single candidate to represent them in the debate.

Three TV moderators will host the debate. Lots were drawn to determine the speaking order.

The European Left has nominated two lead candidates, the second of whom is Violeta Tomič. She is a Slovenian MP and is vice-coordinator of the national Levica party.

The European Left is aligned with the GUE/NGL group in Parliament.

Nico Cué