Top positions at special meeting of the European Council

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On 30 June, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven will meet the heads of state or government of the EU Member States. At the Special Europe Council, they will continue their talks on the EU’s top positions, including who will become President of the European Commission for the next five years.

The EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss, and hopefully agree on, who will be the next President of the European Commission after Jean-Claude Juncker. They will also likely discuss other top positions, including who will be the next President of the European Council and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Later in the year, a new head of the European Central Bank will also be appointed. The newly elected European Parliament will appoint its President, most likely on 3 July.

According to the Treaty of Lisbon, the European Council should propose a new President of the European Commission taking into account the results of the European Parliament elections. This person must then be approved by the European Parliament. The European Council appoints its own President.