Coming up: election of Commission president, humanitarian issues

The election of the new president of the European Commission will be the highlight of the upcoming plenary session in Strasbourg on 15-18 July.

Coming up: European Commission president election and humanitarian assistance at sea

Vote on the president of the European Commission

On Tuesday morning, Ursula von der Leyen (Germany, EPP), the candidate nominated by the European Council, will outline her vision and plans for the next five years and debate them with MEPs. They will vote on her candidacy on the same day.

If she gets the backing of an absolute majority (50% plus one), Von der Leyen will become the first female Commission president.

Discussing the presidencies

MEPs will review the results of the Romanian rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, which ended in June, with Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă on Tuesday. Finland took over the presidency on 1 July and Prime Minister Antti Rinne will present its priorities on Wednesday morning.

Inter-parliamentary delegations

On Wednesday, Parliament will vote on how many MEPs sit in each inter-parliamentary delegation. The delegations maintain relations with representatives of other countries, regions or organisations to promote the EU’s core values.

Humanitarian assistance

In the wake of recent events in the Mediterranean, Parliament will debate humanitarian assistance on Wednesday, notably EU countries' diverging positions.