EU leaders are on Sunday meeting in Brussels to decide who should get the EU’s top jobs. The rare Sunday summit was called after EU leaders failed earlier this month to agree on candidates for the Commission president’s job and other top posts. These include European Council president, high representative for foreign policy, European Parliament president and European Central Bank president.
The special summit will maybe most importantly consider Jean-Claude Juncker’s successor.
Mr Juncker has chosen not to seek a second five-year term as the European Commission president and is due to leave office when his current term expires later this year.
Today’s meeting will begin with a working dinner, and if necessary’s talks with continue on Monday.
Who will get the EU’s top job?
According to reports the current favourite for the position of Commission president is Dutch Frans Timmersmans.
Mr Timmermans is the Social Democrat Spitzenkandidat nominated by the Socialists and Democrats European Parliament group.
The centre-left politician is already a deputy to the current holder of the job, Mr Juncker.
However, German media quoted Chancellor Angela Merkel as saying the choice is between Mr Timmersmans and German centre-right politician Manfred Weber.
She said: “We will make our proposal for the Commission presidency and we will also discuss other top jobs. It looks like the talks will not be very easy.”
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said: “We have our ‘spitzenkandidat’, we have a leading candidate who won the EU election – Weber.
“I am coming from the EPP now and we firmly stand behind our candidate.
“There is no logic that the winner should not be head of the European Commission.”
However, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa disagrees with Mr Borissov.
He said: “(A Timmermans deal?) Nothing is closed until the 28 speaks tonight.”
“From the beginning, Timmermans had the best conditions to become the European Commission president.
“Every political family has to be represented and we have to find a balance in different fields, as gender, north-south. I am optimistic.”