Jean-Claude Juncker elected as EPP candidate for President of the European Commission
Dublin, 7 March 2014
The Congress of the European People's Party (EPP) today elected Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, as the EPP's candidate for President of the European Commission, ahead of the May European Parliament elections (see also http://dublin2014.epp.eu/).
The vote took place at the finale of the EPP 2014 Elections Congress in Dublin. Of the 627 votes cast by the members of the Congress with voting rights, 382 voted for Jean-Claude Juncker, while Michel Barnier, the European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, received 245 votes.
In nominating a candidate for President of the European Commission, the EPP was the only major European political party to have implemented a process which was open, transparent, competitive and democratic.
Following his election as the EPP candidate, Jean-Claude Juncker emphasised: "We have to explain why the EU is not a phenomenon of the past but a need of the future. I thank you for the trust that you have given me. We are going to win these elections." (The acceptance speech can be viewed online here.)
Jean-Claude Juncker will now spearhead the EPP's EU-wide campaign leading up to the European elections, which will take place from 22 to 25 May. Upon winning the elections, Jean Claude-Juncker will have the democratic mandate to assume the presidency of the European Commission.
The EPP campaign led by Jean-Claude Juncker can be followed in the coming weeks and months at http://juncker.epp.eu and on Twitter @JunckerEU hashtag:#withJuncker.
Note to editors:
The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 73 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, 12 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.
For more information:
Kostas Sasmatzoglou, EPP Spokesman, Tel. +32-2-2854147
Javier Jiménez, EPP Director of Press and Communications, Tel. +32-475480446