The EPP is seeking the post of President of the EU Council for a "half" term

The European People's Party (EPP) proposed to the social democrats to "share" the post of president of the European Council with one mandate of 2,5 years each, Politico reported citing diplomatic sources.

According to the EU Treaty, the mandate of the President of the European Council lasts 2,5 years with the right to re-election. The current president of the Council, Charles Michel, was elected in 2019, and after the expiration of the 2,5-year term, he was re-elected to that position.

Now the EPP proposes that the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (SD) should nominate the candidate for the first 2,5-year term, and that a representative of the European People's Party should be elected president of the EU Council in the second.

In turn, during the first 2,5 years of the mandate of the European Parliament, it would be managed by the current president, Roberta Mezzola, who is from the ranks of the EPP, and then the position would be taken over by a SD candidate.

According to diplomatic sources, the agreement also provides for the support of the Social Democrats for the re-election of Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission.

An informal meeting of the heads of state or government of the EU member states is being held in Brussels tonight to discuss the election of the highest officials in the Union.

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