Czech, Slovak and Polish EPP Group Members of the European Parliament elected in May 2019 are in favour of Manfred Weber becoming the new European Commission President. Their position contrasts that of V4 Prime Ministers, Mr Babiš, Mr Pellegrini, Mr Morawiecki and Mr Orbán who do not support the EPP leading candidate or express opposition to the leading candidate (Spitzenkandidat) process.
“It's our strong position and a message to the people in our countries. We want more transparency and less democratic deficit in the EU”, the EPP Group MEPs declared.
The Spitzenkandat process means that the leading candidate of the winning party in the European elections should become the European Commission President. The EPP Group is the largest group in the European Parliament and Manfred Weber is its leading candidate. The European Commission President is appointed by the European Council and then approved by the European Parliament. The EPP Group hopes to finalise the process before the end of June 2019.
The EPP Group is the largest political group in the European Parliament with 179 Members from 26 Member States