After days of negotiations, an agreement was finally reached on the appointment of the top management within the major European institutions. The main positions to be renewed are five: the President of the Commission, the President of the European Council, the High Representative of Foreign Affairs, the Presidency of the Parliament and the Central Bank. Actually, the European Council plays an important role in certain appointment procedures for high-profile positions at EU level. Specifically, it is competent to elect the president of the European Council; to propose the president of the European Commission; to appoint the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of EU; to officially appoint the entire college of commissioners; to appoint the executive committee of the European Central Bank (ECB), including its President. Upon a majority vote elections, the new appointments will have the responsibility to carry the next five years legislature. The main groups running are Popular, Socialist, Liberal and Green groups. Indeed, the main issue was not just to put all four different political family together, but also the respect of geographical criteria – aiming to not upset any of the most important countries and the block of countries that move in a coordinated manner – and the criteria of gender.
The new institutional design in the EU is the result of a Franco-German compromise.
France and Germany’s traditional interpretation of Europe stood firmly the confrontation on the new European leaders.