EU leaders fail to reach deal on top jobs

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EU leaders failed to agree on a package of top jobs in the 28-nation bloc, including a new foreign policy chief and Council President.

After meeting with European heads of state in Brussels on Wednesday, incumbent Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the decision had been postponed until late August.

“We are not yet at the point where we can get a consensual solution on a full package of appointments, so we will continue consultations. European Council will take decision in our next meeting on the 30 of August.” European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said.

Van Rompuy also said that the Council had the opportunity to discuss the EU’s “strategic agenda” for the next five years with President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.

“Tonight we discussed with him how in his new functions and also as incoming member of the European Council he intends to organise the work to move the strategic agenda forward. It is of vital importance at our institutions work together on this program according to the respective roles.”

The European Parliament is set to hold hearings and vote on the new Commission in September. But with no names on the table, the process is likely to be delayed.

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