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Statement of the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, following the plenary vote on the Spitzenkandidaten process

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The European Parliament today approved with an overwhelming majority the revision of the Framework Agreement on relations between the European Parliament and the European Commission.

The revision codifies the so called Spitzenkandidaten process as deployed in 2014 with the nomination of President Juncker. This process foresees that all political groups indicate their own candidate for Commission President following a selection within the political parties. The candidate of the political group electing the biggest number of Members of the European Parliament would be the President of the European Commission.

After the vote, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani  declared: "The choice of the President of the European Commission through the Spitzenkandidaten method used in 2014 is a milestone for a more democratic and more political Europe. We should not go back on this. We should strengthen this process and continue to work to bring Europe and its institutions closer to its citizens, also be involving them in the decisions affecting their future.

The vote of the people choosing their own representatives, based also on a candidate for the European executive, reinforces citizen participation. This also strengthens the political scrutiny of the European Parliament on the European Commission, as is central to all parliamentary democracies.”

“Our citizens want the Union to be guided by politics not by a bureaucracy. They favour an open and transparent competition between political parties and candidates rather than agreements behind closed doors," concluded President Tajani.  

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