MEPs call for power to elect Commission President
By Lisbeth Kirk
An absolute majority of European Parliament deputies (320 signatures) have signed a call upon the Convention to adopt the idea that the European Parliament in the future should elect the President of the European Commission,
The declaration is now an official position of the European Parliament and will be forwarded to the President of the Convention Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
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The declaration was drafted by a trans-party initiative of the members of the European Parliament Alain Lamassoure, French UDF, Jo Leinen, German Social Democrat, Cecilia Malmström, Swedish liberal, Monica Frassoni, Belgian Green and Michail Papayannakis, Greek left.
A Franco-German plan adopted in Paris on 14 January on the future of the EU includes the same idea but it is combined with a proposal for the Council to also elect a president. In the Franco-German proposal, the distribution of power between the two future presidents is not completely clear.