Europe Decides Weekly – 6 September 2013

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Top stories: 1-6 September 2013

  • Voters want European parties to name candidates for Commission President: A majority of EU citizens would be more inclined to vote in the May 2014 European elections if political families named their candidates for the next Commission President, says a new Eurobarometer survey, published on 6 September. European Parliament
  • Seizing the big day in 2014, a speech by Viviane Reding: On 3 September, Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding gave a speech at the Union of European Federalists (UEF) Summer Reception in Brussels. According to her, the format of the 2014 European elections is a unique opportunity to give an answer to the two in three Europeans who currently think their voice does not count in the EU. She also called for Herman Van Rompuy to be appointed as a mediator following next year’s EU elections to try to form a Parliament coalition that will back the next president of the European Commission. Europa.eu; Euractiv; Europolitics

  • Green European party leaders move elections campaign forward – call for candidates is on: Member Parties can nominate candidates between 4 September and 20 October. Candidates must acquire the support of at least four and maximum eight of the 33 European Green Party Member Parties from the EU. Between November and the end of January 2014, everyone living in the EU above the age of 16 who shares Green values will then be able to directly chose the two leading Green candidates who will serve as the heart and face of their campaign across the EU. European Greens; Euractiv
  • One candidate per party for Commission president, ministers agree: Major European parties nominating a candidate for European Commission president is now a given for European Affairs Ministers. Yet despite this official consensus amongst the member states, some of them are reluctant. The UK, has been working behind the scenes to make sure that the European Council is not bound by the names of the candidates proposed by the parties. Europolitics