The Mechanism of Selecting Candidates for President of the European Commission by European Political Parties: Political and Institutional Origins and Consequences Cover Image

Mechanizm wyłaniania kandydatów na przewodniczącego Komisji Europejskiej przez partie polityczne na poziomie europejskim: geneza, założenia, konsekwencje polityczne i instytucjonalne
The Mechanism of Selecting Candidates for President of the European Commission by European Political Parties: Political and Institutional Origins and Consequences

Author(s): Wojciech Gagatek
Subject(s): Sociology, EU-Accession / EU-DEvelopment
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie
Keywords: elections; political parties; procedure on nomination; European Parliament; European Commission

Summary/Abstract: “This time it’s different” was the official motto of the European Parliament’s information campaign before the 2014 elections. The reason why it was to be different related to the strengthening of the EP’s powers introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon and to a modification of the selection mechanism of candidates for the European Commission Presidency. The nomination was to be directly dependent on the result of the EP elections, whereby the new President would come from the largest political group in the newly elected House. As it came out, not only was this mechanism fully implemented, but it went even further. The EP, its political groups and the Europarties put the leaders of EU Member States up against the wall.Keywords: elections, political parties, procedure on nomination, European Parliament,European Commission

  • Issue Year: 254/2017
  • Issue No: 19
  • Page Range: 18-39
  • Page Count: 22
  • Language: English, Polish