EU Elections 09 Archives

  • Pole takes EU Parliament chair in ‘historic’ move

    News | EU Priorities 2020 14-07-2009

    Former Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek was elected European Parliament president today (14 July), becoming the first politician from a former communist country to lead an EU institution. EURACTIV Poland contributed to this report.

  • Socialists spell out conditions for Barroso

    News | EU Priorities 2020 14-07-2009

    Martin Schulz, the leader of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, has formulated 11 demands for the next president of the European Commission as horse-trading continues over the re-appointment of José Manuel Barroso this autumn.

  • EU Parliament opens amid horse-trading over top seats

    News | EU Priorities 2020 13-07-2009

    A little more than a month after the elections, the European Parliament is preparing to re-start the EU's legislative engine this week. The 736 newly-elected MEPs will meet on 14-16 July in Strasbourg for a constitutive session aimed at appointing the president and vice-presidents of the new assembly and distributing top committee chairs.

  • PA chiefs see more ‘pro-business’ EU Parliament

    News | Public Affairs 13-07-2009

    The new European Parliament is likely to be more pro-business and more industry-friendly, adopting a less 'green' stance on major policy issues than the previous legislature, public affairs bosses told EURACTIV ahead of its inaugural session in Strasbourg tomorrow (14 July).

  • PA head: New Parliament to be ‘more pro-business, less green’

    Interview | Public Affairs 13-07-2009

    The new European Parliament is likely to be 'more pro-business' and more industry-friendly', adopting a less 'green' stance on major policy issues, Jacques Lafitte of consultancy Avisa told EURACTIV in an interview, predicting that a new majority coalition will emerge between the EPP, ALDE and the new conservative group.

  • Tories call for ‘anti-Socialist alliance’ in Parliament

    News | EU Priorities 2020 13-07-2009

    Led by the British Conservatives, the new European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR) in the European Parliament have called on all centre-right political families to exclude the Socialists from decision-making in the European assembly.

  • Kuneva turns down MEP seat

    News | EU Priorities 2020 10-07-2009

    Unlike other commissioners who were elected as MEPs in the European elections recently, Bulgarian Commissioner Meglena Kuneva, responsible for consumer protection, said today (10 July) that she will complete her mandate in the EU executive and not take up her seat in the European Parliament, announced Dnevnik, EURACTIV's partner in Bulgaria.

  • Verhofstadt: We’ll talk to Barroso in September

    News | EU Priorities 2020 09-07-2009

    The leader of the Liberal group Guy Verhofstadt told EURACTIV that today's (9 July) decision by EU heads of state and government to officially back José Manuel Barroso for a second term as Commission president "doesn't change anything".

  • Liberals to chair key committees in new Parliament

    News | EU Priorities 2020 09-07-2009

    As horsetrading continued in Brussels over key positions in the new European Parliament, the main talking point was the centre-left's loss of the important economic and monetary affairs committee chair to the Liberals. Meanwhile, Graham Watson bowed out of the race to become European Parliament president.

  • Karel de Gucht takes Belgium’s commissioner seat

    News | Future EU 08-07-2009

    Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht will take Louis Michel's seat as EU development commissioner after the latter was recently elected to the European Parliament, the country's authorities have announced. De Gucht was widely expected to be Belgium's next commissioner, but the EU elections appear to have accelerated his appointment.

  • EU Parliament heading for ‘grand coalition’

    News | EU Priorities 2020 07-07-2009

    European political groups including the European Conservatives, the Socialists and possibly the Liberals are preparing to back José Manuel Barroso for a second term at the EU executive's helm this autumn, provided he takes stock of their political wish-lists, party sources told EURACTIV today (7 July).

  • EU leaders avoid top jobs fight with Parliament

    News | Future EU 06-07-2009

    Seeking to avoid a damaging struggle with the European Parliament, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has announced that the EU leaders will not formally nominate José Manuel Barroso for a new mandate as president of the EU executive in July.