Ursula van der Leyen, Charles Michael’s successor: European Council finds deal on EU’s “high jobs”.


EU leaders at a summit on Thursday agreed to give Ursula van der Leyen a second mandate as head of the commission and entrusted European diplomacy with a stronger voice on Ukraine, Estonia’s Kaja Kallas.

The outgoing president of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, was appointed by EU heads of state and government on Thursday, at a summit in Brussels, for a second five-year term at the head of the European administration, announced Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, negotiator on behalf of the EPP.

The German conservatives (EPP) still need the European Parliament to approve this position with an absolute majority. According to European Parliament President Roberta Metzola, a referendum is possible in mid-July.



Following the June 9 elections, the distribution of the EU’s highest functions (“high jobs”) includes Charles Michel’s succession of heads of the European Council, heads of state and heads of government. Union. Former Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa, a member of the Socialist S&T Group, was elected. Charles Michael’s term ends on November 30.

Finally, the Brussels summit was to appoint the next head of European diplomacy, succeeding Spain’s socialist Josep Borral. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas (Renewal Europe, Liberalism) was appointed EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The distribution confirms a prior agreement reached on Tuesday by six EU heads of state and government representing three European political families: the EPP, S&D and Renew. The choice was opposed by two far-right leaders, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and her Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orbán, but the latter did not have veto power.

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