European political parties nominated lead candidates for the European Commission presidency and the "Presidential Debate" on 15 May.
The debate is organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and hosted by Parliament in the Brussels chamber. It will start at 21.00 (CET) and will be broadcast by Eurovision via the EBU's network of European broadcasters. Read the Media advisory for journalists wishing to attend the debate.
Rules for participation in the debate
To be invited to participate in the debate, candidates had to fulfil the following cumulative criteria set out EBU:
- The lead candidate to the presidency of the European Commission must be nominated by one of the European political parties which are represented in the European Parliament and recognized by the Authority for European Political Parties and European Political Foundations and;
- The political party making the nomination must be represented in one of the officially recognized political groups in the outgoing European Parliament and;
- Only one candidate can be nominated in each political group.
TV anchors Emilie Tran Nguyen (France Television), Annastiina Heikkilä (Yle Finland) and Markus Preiss (ARD, WDR Germany) will host the debate night, The speaking order and the place of the lead candidates were drawn on 4 April. Read more.
EBU will have a team in place to cover live input from the public through various social media channels, in particular Twitter, during the live debate, to stimulate exchanges across borders around issues that are topical for the next European elections. #TellEurope @eudebate
You can also follow the debate on EP Live and EbS (webstreaming starts at 20.45).