The EU’s top jobs after the elections

How does the new allocation of positions look like?

After the EU elections, the majorities in the European Parliament (EP) have substantially changed. Within the European People’s Party (EPP) Manfred Weber was elected group chairman as already predicted. A quite remarkable southern and eastern European tendency can be seen based on the Vice presidents’ nationalities. The Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) appointed Iratxe Garcia Perez as Udo Bullmann’s successor. Since this year’s elections, the Spanish social democrats represent the strongest delegation within the S&D.

After Emmanuel Macron’s party (La République en Marche) joined the former Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), the party has officially been renamed to Renew Europe. The new head of the third-largest group in the EP became the former Romanian EU Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

Considering the forthcoming Brexit, the majorities in the EP will change after 1st November and from today’s perspective the EPP and the S&D will only need 20 mandates to achieve a simple majority. It is then to be observed what impact this change will have on content-related agreements.

On 2nd July, the EU special summit agreed on a comprehensive staff package including the German Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen (EVP) as new Commission President, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel (Renew Europe) as President of the European Council, head of the IMF Christine Lagarde (EVP) as ECB President and the Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell (SPE) as High Representative.

Taking into account the above mentioned staff package, the EP elected a new President on 3rd July. The former TV journalist David-Maria Sassoli (S&D) was appointed successor of Antonio Tajani for the first half of the legislative period. For the second half the EPP will nominate a candidate. Furthermore, all 14 Vice President positions have been assigned including Katarina Barley, Rainer Wieland and Nicola Beer from Germany and Othmar Karas from Austria.