The post-election puzzle in the European Union. “I would fasten my seat belts on this trip”

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After the elections to the European Parliament, a list of names to fill the most important positions in the EU was launched. The puzzle is difficult because it must take into account national and party interests. And time is running out, because Hungary will take over the presidency of the European Union on July 1. And one may fear that Viktor Orban would like to make the elections for key EU positions more difficult.

In the list of candidates for the most important EU jobs, their nationality, party affiliation and even gender must match. Unofficially, the appointments to the four most important positions have already been agreed.

Ursula von der Leyen, a German supported by the European People's Party, is to remain the president of the European Commission for the next term.

Antonio Costa is to become the head of the European Council. The former Prime Minister of Portugal represents the EU's south and the second largest faction in the European Parliament – the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. Our part of Europe is to be represented by the Prime Minister of Estonia, Kaja Kallas, as the head of EU diplomacy. Her candidacy is strengthened by the fact that she belongs to the third largest faction in the European Parliament – the liberal Let's Renew Europe.

Robert Metsola, a Maltese from the European People's Party, is to remain the President of the European Parliament for half the term, i.e. two and a half years.

Key events after the European Parliament electionsPAP/Maciej Zieliński

The personal arrangement took an exceptionally short time

– It has always been the case in the European Union that both the north, the south, the west, the east, both women and men had to be represented in the highest positions. Various political groups headed by the three basic, main ones: Christian Democrats, socialists, liberals – comments Jan Truszczyński, former ambassador of the Republic of Poland to the EU.

Personal puzzles that took months to put together in the past were created exceptionally quickly this time. The heads of state and government will agree on the final positions, perhaps at the end of June. Then the candidacies will have to be approved by the European Parliament. This is to happen at the first meeting of the new term – in mid-July.

The decision was certainly accelerated by the fact that on July 1, the EU presidency is taken over by Putin's Trojan horse in Europe – Hungary under Viktor Orban.

The candidate for President of the European Council is under investigation by the prosecutor's office

The least certain candidate today seems to be Antonio Costa. He is under investigation by the Portuguese prosecutor's office for abuse of power in a corruption scandal. Due to this matter, Costa resigned as prime minister last fall. However, he is not facing any charges.

The most difficult pieces of the puzzle to put together in the coming months may be the positions of EU commissioners. The principle is: “one country, one commissioner”.

Commissioner for Enlargement is the position that Polish diplomats most often talk about today, betting that in the coming years it will be a key function for the Union and additionally related to the task of rebuilding Ukraine.

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Although the maximum plan would be the position of the head of EU diplomacy, the party arrangement precludes it from being filled by a person from the same faction as the head of the European Commission, and this blocks such a possibility for Poland. Hence, in another scenario, a Pole could take over the newly created EU defense portfolio, although it should be remembered that this will be a function affecting the economy and defense industry rather than diplomacy and the military.

The greatest controversy may surround candidates from countries whose governments are more or less anti-EU, such as Hungary and – to a lesser extent – Italy and Slovakia.

“I would fasten my seat belts on this trip”

Candidates for commissioners are nominated by individual capitals, but then they are evaluated by European parliamentary committees responsible for a given area of ​​activity.

– I have no doubt that we are facing a more difficult period in terms of building consensus and a climate of agreement, which are the basis for the functioning of the European Union. My feelings are generally positive, but figuratively speaking: I would fasten my seat belts on this trip – comments Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament.

The carousel of names revolves not only around EU institutions. Among those running for the position of Secretary General of the Council of Europe are the Belgian Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders. The favorite to take over as the new head of NATO is former Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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