Manfred Weber elected as EPP candidate for the President of the European Commission

The Congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) today elected  Manfred WEBER as the EPP’s candidate for President of the European Commission, ahead of the May 2019 European Parliament elections (see also https://weber.epp.eu/). The vote took place on Day-2 of the EPP 2018 Congress in Helsinki. Of the 619 valid votes cast by the members of the Congress with voting rights, 492 voted for Manfred WEBER. Following the announcement of the result, EPP President Joseph DAUL gave the following statement:

“I want to congratulate Manfred WEBER on his election as our lead candidate for the 2019 European elections. As President I am pleased that we had two great candidates representative of the new generation, bringing new energy to EPP and Europe.

Manfred WEBER is a candidate with integrity and experience, who brings innovative ideas and the vision needed to defend our values, build bridges and shape the future of Europe.  As Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, he has worked tirelessly to provide solutions to the challenges facing European citizens.  With him, we look forward to the campaign; the chance to uphold our accomplishments, to preserve the European project and lead the way for a strong and united Europe with EPP at the helm.

I would like to take the opportunity to also commend Alex STUBB for taking part in EPP’s Spitzenkandidat process and on his dynamic campaign.

EPP pioneered the Spitzenkandidat process, we continue to support it as an advancement of European democracy and a means of bringing Europe closer to its citizens, making the EU more visible, more transparent and more accessible.

For the upcoming elections, the EPP Campaign will address the concerns of all European citizens.  Our lead candidate will travel to the four corners of Europe, north, south, east and west. We will listen to our citizens concerns and engage with them about the direction Europe should take for the next 5 years. We will work tirelessly to continue placing the EU at the service of the people.” stated EPP President Joseph DAUL.

List of Speakers

The European People’s Party (EPP) will hold its Congress on 7 and 8 November in Helsinki.

Co-hosted by Kokoomus leader Petteri ORPO, EPP President Joseph DAUL and EPP Secretary General Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ, the Congress in Helsinki will focus on preparations for the 2019 European elections and the election of the EPP’s lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat).
More than 2,000 participants from 41 countries have been invited to participate in the Congress in Helsinki.
The list of speakers on Wednesday 7 November includes, among others:
Opening statement by Mayor of Helsinki Jan VAPAAVUORI followed by President of Finland’s KD Sari ESSAYAH;
Party leaders Béla BUGÁR (Slovakia), Sybrand BUMA (The Netherlands), Ulf KRISTERSSON (Sweden), Helir-Valdor SEEDER (Estonia) and Horst SEEHOFER (Germany), and opposition leaders Pavel BĔLOBRÁDEK (Czech Republic), Silvio BERLUSCONI (Italy), Pablo CASADO (Spain), Adrian DELIA (Malta), Janez JANŠA (Slovenia), Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS (Lithuania), Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS (Greece), Rui RIO (Portugal), Grzegorz SCHETYNA (Poland), Marc SPAUTZ (Luxembourg) and Laurent WAUQUIEZ (France);
At around 19:30 (EET) a debate between Alex STUBB and Manfred WEBER, who are running to become the EPP’s candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, will be held and will be moderated by European Parliament First Vice President Mairead McGUINNESS.
The policy debate “Prosperity for everyone – more growth and jobs” will feature President of Greece’s Nea Demokratia Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS, President of Portugal’s CDS-PP Assunção CRISTAS and President of Belgium’s cdH Benoît LUTGEN. The panellists of the policy debate “Europe’s Migration Challenge” will be Maltese MEP Roberta METSOLA, leader of the Netherlands’ CDA Sybrand BUMA, Finland’s Minister of the Interior Kai MYKKÄNEN and President of Spain’s Partido Popular Pablo CASADO.
On Wednesday, the plenary will also feature the President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (PA), the Chairpersons of EPP Groups in the Committee of the Regions, OSCE PA, Council of Europe PA, NATO PA and Euronest as well as the Chairpersons of EPP Member Associations.
At 20:15 (EET) an EPP Summit will take place. Among others, non-EU heads of state Petro POROSHENKO (Ukraine) and Aleksandar VUČIĆ (Serbia), party leader Nika MELIA (Georgia) and Vital RYMASHEUSKI (Belarus) and opposition leaders Lulzim BASHA (Albania), Hristijan MICKOSKI (The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Maia SANDU (Moldova) will attend.
The list of speakers on Thursday 8 November includes:
Statements by the leader of Finland’s Kokoomus Petteri ORPO;
Speeches by Alex STUBB and Manfred WEBER;
The Presidents of the European Commission, European Council and the European Parliament Jean-Claude JUNCKER, Donald TUSK and Antonio TAJANI;
EU heads of state and government Nicos ANASTASIADES (Cyprus), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgaria), Sebastian KURZ (Austria), Angela MERKEL (Germany), Viktor ORBÁN (Hungary), Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (Croatia) and Leo VARADKAR (Ireland);
Deputy Prime Ministers Arvils AŠERADENS (Latvia) and Kris PEETERS (Belgium);
The EU’s Chief Brexit negotiator Michel BARNIER.

Last days for press registration; press practicalities

The European People’s Party (EPP) will hold its Congress on 7 and 8 November in Finland. Detailed information can be found at helsinki2018.epp.eu.

Co-hosted by Kokoomus leader Petteri ORPO, EPP President Joseph DAUL and EPP Secretary General Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ, the Congress in Helsinki will focus on preparations for the 2019 European elections and the election of the EPP’s lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat). 2,000 participants from more than 40 countries have been invited to participate in the Congress in Helsinki.

Alex STUBB and Manfred WEBER, who are running to become EPP’s candidate for the Presidency of the European Commission, will be present.

Congress

Date: Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 November 2018

Venue: Helsinki Messukeskus Congress Centre.

Accreditation

Journalists wishing to attend the EPP Congress must register by 30 October 2018 at 13:00 CET via the dedicated e-form at: https://epp.org/2N5fXW6

Journalists should pick up their badges at the accreditation desk which is located at the Congress venue. Please bring your Press ID with you.
The accreditation area will be open on: Wednesday 7 November from 08:00 until 19:30 and on Thursday 8 November from 08:00 until 14:00

Due to security screening, journalists should anticipate some delays.

Press working area

There will be a press working area in which the pool signal will be distributed. Please note that on 8 November, the press working area will close at 18:00.

Opening press Conference

The press conference will feature EPP President Joseph Daul, Kokoomous leader Petteri Orpo and EPP Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz.

Date: 7 November

Time: 13:00-13:30

Venue: Helsinki Messukeskus Congress Centre

Stand-up positions

The stand-up positions are located in the plenary hall. They will be accessible on Wednesday 7 November starting at 12:30 and on Thursday 8 November at 08:45. Please note that on Thursday 8 November the stand-up positions will be accessible until 16:00.

Live broadcasting via satellite

The EPP will provide live coverage of the event via satellite. The pool signal will also be distributed in the press working rooms. The signal will be broadcast on Wednesday 7 November from 12:00 GMT until 17:30 GMT and on Thursday 8 November from 06:45 GMT until 11:30 GMT (satellite details for both day):

9MHZ
EUTELSAT 10A (10ºE)
D09
9.03
DVB-S2 8PSK: 13980,833H/11680,833V
SR 7.200
FEC 3/4(ROLLOFF 0.25)

Web streaming

The plenary sessions of the EPP Congress will be broadcast via web streaming at helsinki2018.epp.eu  and on epp.eu

WhatsApp

The EPP Press Team has created an alert system especially for journalists through WHATSAPP. We will send flash news, press conference information, list of EPP leaders to attend the congress, and pooling opportunities. If you wish to receive live updates and announcements during the congress, please send us a short message with your name and media to the following EPP Press Team number +32471808006 so that we add you to the list of recipients.

App

To keep up with the latest information and updates on the EPP Helsinki Congress you can download the App dedicated to the event on the Google Play store and Apple store. By allowing notifications, you will receive news ahead of and during the two days of the Congress

Hashtag

#UP2EU #EPPHelsinki

Brexit and Spitzenkandidat Procedure Top EPP Summit Discussions

The European People’s Party (EPP) leaders met today in Brussels ahead of the European Council. In the margins of the meeting, the EPP President Joseph Daul stated:

“We owe clarity to the European and British citizens. More than two years after the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, it is now time to come to an agreement. Under the helm of Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier, the negotiations have been conducted in a transparent, constructive and open manner. It is now up to the UK to put forward solutions in order to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.”

The EPP leaders reiterated their unwavering support to Ireland and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The EPP Summit coincided with the deadline for nominations to become EPP Spitzenkandidat. The two EPP candidates, Alex Stubb and Manfred Weber, were invited to the meeting and the EPP leaders took note of their candidacies at the meeting.

“EPP pioneered the Spitzenkandidat process and we will continue to support it as an advancement of European democracy. Alex Stubb and Manfred Weber are two excellent candidates, who represent a new political generation for the continent and bring a new momentum to Europe. The next step of this open and transparent procedure will be the vote at the party Congress in Helsinki on 7 and 8 November by 734 delegates of all EPP Member Parties from EU Member States,” declared EPP President Daul.

The EPP leaders also had an open and frank discussion with Hungarian Prime Minister Orban.

EPP leaders held a minute’s silence to mark the one year anniversary of the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia. On this occasion, the EPP calls once again on the Maltese and Slovak governments to take the necessary steps to bring those behind the murders of journalists to justice.

Press briefing: EPP Spitzenkandidat nominations and EPP Helsinki Congress

As a Brussels-based correspondent and accredited journalist, you are kindly invited to attend a press briefing on the European People’s Party (EPP) lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat) nominations and EPP Helsinki Congress programme and procedures.

 

When: Wednesday, 17 October at 12:00

Venue: EPP Headquarters, Rue du Commerce 10, 1000 Brussels

 

SPEAKERS:

Joseph DAUL, EPP President

Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ, EPP Secretary General

Dara MURPHY, EPP Campaign Director

 

The press briefing will mark the close of the nomination period to become the EPP Spitzenkandidat for the 2019 European elections. During the event, the applications received from EPP Spitzenkandidat candidates will be announced as well as detailed information on the upcoming EPP Congress in Helsinki (helsinki2018.epp.eu). The briefing will be followed by a short Q+A session.

 

We kindly ask you to confirm your presence by Tuesday, 16 October at 13:00 via the following e-form: https://epp.org/2Qk1NOW

 

For any further questions please send an email to Ecaterina Casinge: ec@epp.eu

EPP Congress in Helsinki on 7-8 November to elect party Spitzenkandidat

The European People’s Party (EPP) will hold its Congress on 7 and 8 November in Finland.

Co-hosted by Kokoomus leader Petteri ORPO, EPP President Joseph DAUL and EPP Secretary General Antonio LÓPEZ-ISTÚRIZ, the Congress in Helsinki will focus on preparations for the 2019 European elections and the election of the EPP’s lead candidate (Spitzenkandidat).

2,000 participants from more than 40 countries have been invited to participate in the Congress in Helsinki.

The list of invitees includes the EPP’s EU heads of state and government: Nicos ANASTASIADES (Cyprus), Boyko BORISSOV (Bulgaria), Klaus IOHANNIS (Romania), Sebastian KURZ (Austria), Angela MERKEL (Germany), Viktor ORBÁN (Hungary), Andrej PLENKOVIĆ (Croatia) and Leo VARADKAR (Ireland) as well as the Presidents of the European Commission Jean-Claude JUNCKER, the European Parliament Antonio TAJANI and the European Council Donald TUSK.Deputy Prime Ministers Arvils ASERADENS (Latvia) and Kris PEETERS (Belgium), Minister of Justice Søren PAPE POULSEN (Denmark), party leaders Béla BUGÁR (Slovakia), Sybrand BUMA (The Netherlands), Helir-Valdor SEEDER (Estonia), Horst SEEHOFER (Germany), and opposition leaders Pavel BĔLOBRÁDEK (Czech Republic), Silvio BERLUSCONI (Italy), Pablo CASADO(Spain), Adrian DELIA (Malta), Janez JANŠA (Slovenia), Ulf KRISTERSSON (Sweden), Gabrielius LANDSBERGIS (Lithuania), Kyriakos MITSOTAKIS (Greece), Rui RIO (Portugal), Grzegorz SCHETYNA (Poland), Marc SPAUTZ (Luxembourg) and Laurent WAUQUIEZ (France) have been invited. The list of participating non-EU heads of state and government at the EPP Congress and Summit in Helsinki will be published at a later stage.

Brexit Chief Negotiator Michel BARNIER has also been invited.

The Chairman of the EPP Group in the European Parliament Manfred WEBER will be present.

Accreditation

Journalists wishing to attend the EPP Congress must register by 30 October 2018 at 13:00 CET via the dedicated e-form at: https://epp.org/2N5fXW6

Lasting solutions needed for Brexit and migration

The European People’s Party (EPP) leaders met today in Salzburg ahead of the informal meeting of EU heads of state and government. During the summit, co-hosted by EPP Austrian member party Die Neue Volkspartei, the leaders discussed security and migration, two of the priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, spearheaded by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

In the margins of the meeting EPP President Joseph Daul made the following statement.

“Citizens across the EU are demanding sustainable and long-term solutions to the migratory pressure on Europe. The best way to fulfil the EU’s humanitarian obligation to help people in need of international protection is by helping them in their countries of origin and transit.  At the same time, we must fight illegal migration. By preventing people from crossing the Mediterranean and fighting human trafficking, the further development of the concept of disembarkation arrangements is an important step to achieving this goal.  We need to further secure our external borders and we thus welcome the decision of the European Commission to increase the European Border and Coast Guard to 10 000 members by 2020. We must also reinforce our ties with Africa and boost investing in the continent so that their people have a better future at home.”

The EPP leaders also discussed Brexit and reiterated their unequivocal support to Ireland and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to avoid reinstating a hard border with Northern Ireland.

“The clock is ticking and we are getting dangerously close to the exit deadline on 29 March 2019. A no deal Brexit would have grave consequences for the British and European citizens. The UK must make its position clear. Their internal divisions must not obstruct an agreement. Led by Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier, the EU has put forward a coherent path to achieving a deal within the framework of EU law,“ stated EPP President Daul.

The EPP leaders also welcomed new Partido Popular President Pablo Casado who attended the party summit for the first time.

SOTEU: Unity remains our strength in face of future challenges

The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph DAUL has warmly welcomed European Commission President Jean-Claude JUNCKER’s State of the Union assessment and expressed his full support for the proposals presented today. On this occasion, he made the following statement.

“As we reflect on the achievements of this Commission, we must feel proud about how far we have come. Under the leadership of President Juncker, Europe has registered 21 consecutive quarters of economic growth, 12 million jobs have been created since 2014, youth unemployment has been reduced to its lowest level since 2000 and, through the European Fund for Strategic Investment, almost €400bn investment have stimulated across our continent. We have built strong relationships across the world and now have trade agreements with 70 countries which defend EU interests and standards. All of this was made possible because we acted together, as one and having the EU speaking with one voice.

Despite our achievements, the internal and external challenges that Europe faces today are considerable. Our response to these challenges will be crucial to the future peace and prosperity of our union. It must be one of unity not division, openness instead of nationalism and solidarity instead of egoism.

Freedom, democracy, equality, academic liberty, rule of law, respect for human rights and a free civil society, these are the values that have maintained the peace and brought the prosperity our continent has enjoyed for the past 70 years. We must neither forget where we came from nor take for granted what the EU has achieved. Our common future can only be bright if Europe is on a good path and this is more than a trivial challenge.

That is why our work must continue in three important areas: protecting our citizens, offering them security and defending European values.

To protect our citizens, we must strengthen our foreign policy, fight terrorism, advance our defence union, reinforce the European Union’s role as global player in the face of globalisation and continue fighting climate change by modernising our economy.

To ensure the security of European citizens and workers, we must promote the social market economy and prepare our workforces for digitalisation and create more and new jobs. We must also find a lasting solution to migration, further secure our borders and forge a close partnership with Africa. I particularly welcome the decision to increase the European Border and Coast Guard to 10,000 members by 2020. This is a position that the EPP has long advocated for and it was made now a reality. This is an example of a successful joint action to tackle illegal migration. We also have to ensure the swift return of those in illegal situation in Europe.

To defend the European values and way of life, we must continue to tackle fake news, ensure free and fair elections preventing and fighting foreign interference and protect the rule of law and fundamental freedoms both internally and externally.

We are not only united in diversity, we are united in adversity. When we speak with one voice, when we act as one, this is when we best serve the interests of European citizens. We stand with President Juncker to continue working to protect the European people and support his action until the end of the mandate of his Commission.”

Political Assembly opens the Spitzenkandidat application procedure

The  European People’s Party (EPP) Political Assembly met in Brussels on 6-7 September to prepare for the upcoming EPP Congress in Helsinki. The meeting opened the official nomination process for the EPP candidates for President of the European Commission. Following the meeting, EPP President Joseph Daul made the following statement:

“The process for electing the EPP’s lead candidate has been carefully designed in a fashion that stays true to the EPP’s core values of openness, transparency and democracy. I am looking forward to the process generating fruitful debate about the future direction of our continent and delivering us a lead candidate who will retain EPP’s position as the first political family in Europe following the May 2019 European elections.

In my capacity as the President of the EPP, I remain neutral in front of all declared and any potential EPP Spitzenkandidat candidates. Through a democratic process, the EPP Congress will elect the party’s lead candidate for the President of the European Commission who subsequently will have my full support.”

All EPP candidates must be nominated in writing to the EPP President by 17 October 2018 at 12:00 at the latest. To be nominated, a candidate needs the support of his or her own member party, plus the endorsement of not more than two member parties from two EU countries other than the country of origin of the candidate. Only Presidents and Secretaries General of ordinary member parties are entitled to nominate and/or endorse a candidate provided that the candidate is a member of an ordinary member party.

The candidates will be reviewed by the EPP Political Assembly in its meeting on 6 November 2018 and will, after validation, be submitted to the vote at the EPP Congress in Helsinki on 8 November 2018. The candidate that receives the absolute majority of valid votes will be declared elected. If there are more than two candidates and no candidate obtains the required absolute majority, a second ballot shall be held between the two candidates who got the highest number of valid votes at the first ballot. Abstentions are not considered valid votes. In the event of multiple candidates, the candidates will be presented on an alphabetical list.

The Political Assembly has also launched a dedicated website for the EPP Congress helsinki2018.epp.eu and has adopted the procedure for voting regulation, the voting rules and the congress composition for the upcoming congress.

The members adopted a resolution on Libya underlining the need for a sustainable political strategy to resolve the Libyan situation.

Finally, the Political Assembly held a minute of silence in tribute to EPP co-founder and first Secretary General Jean Seitlinger and former US Senator John McCain, a friend of the EPP and transatlantic cooperation.

EPP President: Austrian EU Presidency at a crucial time for Europe

The President of the European People’s Party (EPP), Joseph Daul warmly welcomes the start of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) under the leadership of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.