Conference of Presidents statement on Commission President election
EU News 246/2014
27 May 2014
The Conference of Presidents held a meeting on 27 May 2014 ahead of the informal dinner of EU Heads of State and Governments scheduled for today, and is committed to the following:
Declaration Number 11 related to Art 17.6 and 17.7 TEU states that "the European Parliament and European Council are jointly responsible for the smooth running of the process leading to the election of the President of the European Commission (...)" .
"Representatives of the European Parliament and of the Council will thus conduct the necessary consultations (...)."
According to the letter and the spirit of the Treaty, and taking full account of the results of the European elections, we commit ourselves to a dialogue and consultations amongst the Leaders of the Political Groups in the House, with the aim of determining the European candidate to become the next Commission President from the political family able to form the necessary qualified majority in the European Parliament.
The candidate of the largest Group Mr. Jean Claude Juncker will be the first to attempt to form the required majority.
27 May 2014, Informal meeting of Heads of State or Government - Informal Dinner. Photo credit "The Council of the European Union" (C)EU, 2014 URL