EU leaders have not yet reached an agreement on the top appointments

The leaders of the European Union member states did not reach an agreement on filling the top four positions in the EU at their informal summit on Monday.

The leaders discussed the appointment of the President of the European Commission, the Speaker of the European Parliament, the President of the European Council and the High Representative of the EU’s foreign and security policy.

Prime Minister of Finland Petteri Orpo (kok) was a little disappointed that there was no result yet. He would have hoped that a preliminary agreement had already been reached at this meeting.

“We are already quite close regarding this appointment package. I have a very good reason to think that next week at the official summit we will be able to make decisions,” Orpo stated after the meeting.

According to him, names that were publicly available were put forward for the positions: Ursula von der Leyenia the former prime minister of Portugal as president of the commission Antonio Costaa President of the European Council, Roberta Metsolaa as Speaker of the Parliament and Kaja Kallasta as high representative.

“During the discussions, dubbing or other names of their relationship did not come up. It’s more about how the overall package is formed and how to create trust so that the parliament also accepts the solution.”

According to Orpo, the general spirit at the meeting was that the appointment package must be completed very soon.

“If both the appointment package and the strategic agenda can be resolved next week, it won’t be too long. All kinds of things can always happen in politics, but at the moment the signs are strongly more in the direction that it won’t happen.”

The official EU summit will be held in Brussels on Thursday and Friday next week.

Discussions will continue next week

According to Orpo, they want to find more trust between the main groups in the parliament. The European Council must be able to trust that the appointments and the entire program will pass through the parliament.

It’s about old coalition partners. Is there any reason to assume that the contracts will not hold this time?

“We want to ensure that. In my opinion, in the parliament, for example, in the presidential election, the agreements have not always held. That’s why more discussions are needed.”

Rumor has it The European People’s Party EPP would also like half the term of the President of the European Council, i.e. two and a half years, as the new term.

Orpo did not comment on whether this is true. He said that negotiations are still ongoing.

“The fact is that in the elections the EPP strengthened its position in the parliament. Compared to five years ago, the EPP also has five or six more leaders in the European Council. The EPP has strengthened in a significant way, and it gives the EPP the right and the opportunity to at least secure a mandate.”

According to Orpo, the election result means that the moderate middle groups form the core, and cooperation can be done with those parties that subscribe to the same values, that is, they stand for the development of the EU, support for Ukraine and respect for the rule of law.

“It pretty much limits who you can collaborate with. No one at the heads’ table or EPP has the desire to cooperate with, for example, ID.”

ID is the far-right Identity and Democracy group of the European Parliament.

By Editor

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