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Ursula von der Leyen, Kaja Callas and Antonio Costa nominated for top EU posts

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun26,2024

Ursula von der Leyen, Kaja Callas and Antonio Costa nominated for top EU posts

Photo : Kaya Callas, Ursula von der Leyen, Antonio Costa

EU leaders representing the bloc's three main political factions have nominated the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, for a second term, an informed source told Agence France Presse, reports Agence France -Presse.

On Thursday, 27 European Union leaders head to Brussels for a two-day summit to decide on the bloc's top leadership positions following this month's European Parliament elections.

Ahead of the meeting, the six leaders serving as chief negotiators reached an agreement that should now have the support of the vast majority of summit participants.

Under the agreement, key posts are distributed within the framework of the dominant alliance in the European Parliament: the center-right European People's Party party (EPP) and its partners, the Social Democrats (S&D) and the centrist party “Renewal” (Renew Europe).

Von der Leyen (EPP) will retain the post of President of the European Commission, former Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa from S&D will be appointed President of the European Council, and Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas from Renew will head the EU's foreign policy department.

The six negotiators included Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk from the EPP, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz from S&D, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte from Renew.

Despite the fact that the three centrist groups make up the overwhelming majority in the EU, there are also dissonant voices.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni believes that the election success of the right-wing conservative party “European Conservatives and Reformists” (ECR) should also be reflected in the composition of the bloc's leadership. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has spoken out against the agreement concluded by the centrist alliance.

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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