The European Council reached agreement on a package of top-level EU appointments at their special meeting Tuesday evening (2 July). The meeting had begun on Sunday evening (30 June).
The European Council decided to propose Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission.
Von der Leyen is Germany’s long-serving Defence Minister and represents the centre-right (EPP). The President of the Commission is elected by the European Parliament.
The European Council agreed to nominate Spain’s Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, a social democrat (PES), for the post of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Borrell has previously served as President of the European Parliament. His appointment requires the agreement of the President-elect of the Commission.
As its own President, the European Council elected Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium, a liberal (ALDE).
As President of the European Central Bank, the European Council intends to appoint Christine Lagarde, who is Managing Director and Chair of the International Monetary Fund and former Finance Minister of France.
The European Council will decide on the appointment on the basis of a Council recommendation and after having consulted the European Parliament and the Governing Council of the ECB.