EU leaders gather at the European Council in Brussels, on Saturday (30 August), to break the deadlock on who will take on lead roles in the EU institutions. Follow the developments live, below.
On Saturday, EU leaders hope to decide on the next president for the European Council and the next EU foreign affairs chief.
Behind the scenes, progress has been slow. The summit follows an earlier attempt on 16 July, to choose the EU's future leadership. Just one day after the EU Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker to head the European Commission, the heads of state gathered in Brussels to discuss who could replace Herman Van Rompuy and Catherine Ashton.
The July Summit ended in a deadlock and Juncker asked heads of state to reconsider their stance over the summer.
National leadership now prepares to return to the table. Follow the developments and read up on the background, in the comprehensive overview below.
- 22-25 May: EU elections in 28 member states
- 27 June: First Summit meeting on EU top jobs. European Council nominated Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president
- 15 July: Parliament elected Jean-Claude Juncker as Commission president
- 16 July: Second Summit meeting on EU top jobs
- End July: Tentative deadline for member states to put forward their commissioner(s) name(s)
- 30 August: Third EU Summit on EU top jobs
- September: Commissioners are scrutinised in individual hearings before Parliament committees
- October: European Parliament votes to approve or reject new Commission College as a whole
- 1 November: Target date for new Commission to take office
- 30 November: End of mandate of Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council.