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
Key European Council meetingEuropean Council proposes a candidate for European Commission President. Also on the agenda: legislative priorities (2019-2024), high-level appointments, and EU budget (2021-2027).
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.
Candidates nominated by Member States and first discussion about potential portfolios
Hearings for nominated Commissioners
Commissioners-designate will highlight their priorities before the respective European Parliament committees. MEPs will seek commitments on priority issues.
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.
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.
New Council President takes office