Get Ready for EU

2019 could bring radical change to how the European Union operates.  The rise of populism and the fall-out from Brexit will create an increased level of uncertainty as Europe heads to the polls to elect a new Parliament. The level of unpredictability will be compounded by the appointment of a new Commission. Are you prepared? Is your business ready?

2019 EU Timeline

June
July
August
September
October
November
December

June

Key European Council meeting

European Council proposes a candidate for European Commission President. Also on the agenda: legislative priorities (2019-2024), high-level appointments, and EU budget (2021-2027).

July

Sectoral Committees appointed

Newly elected Members of the European Parliament to take up positions in sectoral committees.

15 to 18 July – European Parliament vote on Commission President

The European Parliament votes on the proposed replacement for Jean-Claude Juncker. Consideration given to potential candidates for other high-level positions including President of the Council, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and the ECB President.

 

August

Commissioners-designate announced

Candidates nominated by Member States and first discussion about potential portfolios

September

Hearings for nominated Commissioners

Commissioners-designate will highlight their priorities before the respective European Parliament committees. MEPs will seek commitments on priority issues.

October

European Parliament votes on new Commission

First alliances between the European Parliament’s political groups made. Clarity on the future governing majority in the European Parliament.

31 October – Brexit

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

November

New European Commission expected to take office

Five-year programme for new mandate announced, confirming priorities.

Additional high level appointments

Member States are due to agree on President of the Council and the ECB President.

 

December

New Council President takes office

 

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