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EUobserver / MEPs seek control over EU commission president nomination

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Parliament is seeking to have a stronger influence over the choosing of the next European Commission president and is asking member states to consult it before nominating a candidate.

A report passed a large majority of MEPs on Thursday (7 May) suggests that the rules of the Lisbon Treaty - still in the process of ratification in some member states - on nominating the commission president already be taken into consideration.

Jose Manuel Barroso is seeking a second term as European Commission president

This would mean that national governments propose a candidate that reflects the outcome of the European elections and only after discussions with political leaders in the parliament.

Prepared by Belgian centre-right MEP Jean-Luc Dehaene, the report proposes a new timetable for appointing nominating the commission president, with EU leaders previously having agreed to name someone at their mid-June summit,.

by Fran on Fri May 8th, 2009 at 11:39:49 AM EST
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