European Parliament Press Kit for the informal meeting of the heads of state and government on 23 February 2018
In this press kit you will find a selection of press releases from the European Parliament that show MEP’s priorities and what they have been pushing for in relation to the topics on the summit agenda, as well as contact details of the MEPs involved. All documents and resolutions printed in the press kit, plus additional information, can be found on the European Parliament’s website.
Parliament is ready to reject any contender for EU Commission President who is not nominated as a “lead candidate” parties ahead of the 2019 EU elections. The so-called “Spitzenkandidaten” (German for lead candidate) process, in which European political parties designate one candidate each for the post of EU Commission President, ahead of the European elections, cannot be overturned, MEPs say.
The European Parliament should shrink from 751 to 705 MEPs when the UK leaves the EU. Besides reducing Parliament’s size, a proposed re-distribution of seats, approved by the Parliament as a whole on 7 February, would also place 46 of the 73 UK seats in a reserve, leaving room for possible new countries joining in the future. The remaining 27 British seats should be re-distributed among the 14 EU countries that are slightly under-represented, to even out current inequalities in their representation in the House, say MEPs.
Budget Committee MEPs want the EU to be more ambitious to finance both existing and new priorities and want the EU budget to reflect a political project and long-term strategy for a stronger and more sustainable Europe. In a vote on 22 February they call for, inter alia, post-2020 expenditure (MFF) to be set at the level of 1.3% of the EU’s gross national income (GNI) in order to be able to continue to support existing policy areas, like agriculture and cohesion policies, as well as provide sufficient funding to deal with new challenges such as security, defence or migration.