EU COUNCIL: APPOINTMENT OF "TOP POSITIONS", UKRAINE, ISRAEL-PALESTINE ON THE AGENDA

(Sir Europe – Brussels) The President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, listed the items on the agenda for the summit due to take place in Brussels later today to decide what steps should be taken next to appoint the new EU Commission, as well as the "top positions" – as he calls them – i.e. the EU’s most important offices: his successor and the future High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, who is also the deputy president of the EU Commission. But the summit will spend the first part of its time dealing with the situation of Ukraine and the developments of the war between Israel and Palestine. As to appointments, after that of Jean-Claude Juncker as head of the EU Executive as from November, there are only rumours around: the High Representative might have to be voted on by majority (two are the names that resound most often, the EU Commissioner for Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, the Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva, and the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini). A summit may have to be held in September to appoint the president of the EU Council. In Strasbourg this morning the EU Parliament approved the new commissioners, who will stay in office until the end of October, in replacement of as many former commissioners who have been elected MEPs. They are: Jyrki Katainen (Finland), Economic Affairs; Ferdinando Nelli Feroci (Italy), Industry; Martine Reicherts (Luxembourg), Justice; Jacek Dominik (Poland), Budgeting. 

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