The EU member-states are striving for an agreement on the European Union’s top jobs by July 2, by the day of the new European Parliament constitution – in the attempt of avoiding an institutional crisis, the European diplomats say.
The diplomats doubt if the a deal can be reached at the Summit, pointing to a disagreement between Berlin and Paris over a German candidate Manfred Weber’s bid to take over the job of the President of the Commission later this year.
The five top executive positions are to be attributed to start a new political cycle.
European Council President Donald Tusk said that he was “cautiously optimistic” that EU leaders would agree on candidates to hold the bloc’s top jobs when they meet in Brussels on June 20.
“I remain cautiously optimistic, as those I have spoken to have expressed determination to decide swiftly. I hope we can make it on Thursday” Tusk said.
The top jobs include the successors for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini, the head of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt Mario Draghi, and Donald Tusk, the President of the EU Council.
Following an European election end May, the new European parliament is due to gather in Strasbourg for the first time on July 2 and should then elect its new president for 2019-24.
North Macedonia is likely to gain the European Union support to start membership talks later this year, according to the EU diplomats.
“North Macedonia has a good chance, given the historic resolution of its name issue,” the diplomatic source confirmed.
The name change from Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to Republic of North Macedonia has offered Skopje momentum and is highly likely to persuade Paris, Berlin and The Hague to back EU talks.
Image above: Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, Johannes Hahn, Member of the EC in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, receive Zoran Zaev, Prime Minister of North Macedonia.
President Emmanuel Macron’s candidate to lead a new centrist alliance in the European Parliament Nathalie Loiseau said on she was pulling out of the race, in a defiance to French government influence in the parliamenEt.
Nathalie Loiseau was quoted by Belgian newspapers disparaging allies in Renew Europe, formed by Macron’s party and the liberal ALDE, and adding she intends a sweeping overhaul of the group, the third biggest in the European Parliament.
Loiseau was quoted in Le Soir calling ALDE’s longtime leader Guy Verhofstadt “an old git with pent-up frustrations” and branding the conservative European People’s party candidate for Commission president an “ectoplasm”.
Loiseau described the comments, made during an off-record briefing to journalists in Brussels, as “pure fiction” but their leak damaged her credibility just as competition for the leadership intensified. And according to her own words she preferred to renounce her ambition to lead the group.
The leaders of Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic will meet in Budapest on July 13 to discuss candidates for top jobs in the European Union to ensure the representation of the Eastern Europe, and in a sign of regional coordination by the Visegrad Four #V4. (Image above: Victor Orban and Jean-Claude Juncker, archive)
EU member states are in process of selection of new top executives of the European Commission, the European Council, the European Parliament and the European Central Bank.
Far-right parties’ intentions to create a powerful Eurosceptic bloc in the European Parliament (pciutred) failed when Poland’s ruling nationalists Law and Justice party – and the UK Brexit Party both announced they would not join such a congregation.
Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s conservative ruling party Law and Justice (PiS), ruled out joining a political group along with Italiy’s Lega Salvini, France’s National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party.
Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party, which won 29 of Britain’s 72 seats in the European Parliament, also said it would not join Marine Le Pen‘s Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group. Britain is due to quit the EU on October 31 but the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will start their work from July onward, and stay until Brexit takes place.
An Italian navy ship ‘Cigala Fulgosi‘ docked in Genoa transporting to Italy 100 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean Sea next to Libyan coast, where the number of migrant crossings has grown in recent weeks due to summer weather conditions.
Interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said that the migrants could not stay, and would be transferred to the other European Union member-states or, even, taken in by the Vatican, which openly supports pro-migrant policy. Since taking office last year, Salvini has vowed to fulfill his electoral promise stop illegal migrants flows from arriving in Italy. So far he failed
The migrants who were transported Genoa were from Libya, Cameroon, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Nigeria, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
The Italian fleet Cigala Fulgosi vessel was on mission at sea to provide security for oil platforms and fishing vessels off the coast of Libya.
Defence Minister Elisabetta Trenta (M5S) from coalition government openly opposises hard line on illegal migration Interior minister conducts, she encourages transportation from Libyan coasts to Italy, in spite of the obvious unpopularity of this practice among the electoral, dropping for Salvini’s Lega one third of ballots in European elections 2019.
Trenta, representing Five Star Movement (M5S) in the coalition government does opposes Salvini‘s hard line on migrants.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s party Fidesz is reluctant to join far-right Europe of Nations and Freedom (ENF) group in the European Parliament. Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini’ and France big winner of the elections Marine Le Pen have launched the group in the European Parliament as the smallest in June 2015, however it has been gradually grown to 36 members. Due to successful elections in 2019-2024 Parliament the ENF group has grown to 58 seats.
“We respect the Italian deputy prime minister and the Italian government and the result, which made the Lega Italy’s strongest party after the European Parliament election,” Minister Gergely Gulyas said.“Nonetheless, I see not much chance for a co-operation on a party level or in a joint parliamentary group”.
Previously Hungary Fidesz made clear it will not support EPP candidate for the European Commission president Manfred Weber after his pejorative remarks “insulting” Hungarian people.
EPP Manfred Weber said he would rather not be a president of the European Commission “if he needed the Hungarian votes for that.”
(Image: Europarl building, Brussels).