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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?

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2019 EU Timeline

March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

March

Official start of 2019 European Elections campaign

 

29 March – Brexit

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union. A deal remains elusive and a lack of clarity could see this deadline extended or the possibility of a no-deal scenario.  Much is still to be determined.

April

Candidates campaign in their home constituencies

 

11 to 12 April – Event hosted by FTI, DII and Politico: 2019 EU election – A Behind the Scenes View

May

23 to 26 May – European Elections

500 million citizens will be asked to elect 705 representatives for the next five years. A large number of MEPs are expected to be elected to the European Parliament for the first time, many with little or no understanding of the institutions or priority issues.

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.

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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