Rajoy and Juncker, at Forum Europa last may./ Picture: C. Pastrano/La Razón
The Diplomat. Madrid.
After the proclamation of the German, Martin Schulz, as the new President of the European Parliament (EP), it’s now the turn of the European Commission (EC). Last Friday the Heads of State and Government in the EU appointed, with the opposition of the United Kingdom and Hungary, the Luxembourgian Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the EC, since the political aggrupation he represents, the European People’s Party (EPP), was the one that obtained most seats in the elections on 25 May.
The EP anticipates voting on Juncker’s investment on 16 July during the next plenary session in Strasbourg, while at night, the Twenty Eight, already in Brussels, will celebrate another meeting to start thinking about the appointment of the remaining Commissioners.
Spanish Prime Minister wishes that Juncker counts on Arias Cañete for the post
The Spanish representative will be the former minister and current head of the PP delegation in the EP, Miguel Ángel Arias Cañete. The Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy, has explained to Juncker his wish that Arias Cañete be given one of the “strengthened” vice-presidencies, according the diplomatic sources consulted by The Diplomat.
Juncker is considering the possibility of creating two types of commissioners, in which the Vice-presidents will be directing the work of the other commissioners. So, if the Spanish request were honoured, Arias Cañete would supervise and have the last word on the work of two or three commissioners. Prerogatives which were not held, up to this point by José Manuel Durao Barroso’s Vice-Presidents, as is the case of the Spaniard, Joaquín Almunia, current Commissioner for Competitiveness.