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Election of the EPP Candidate for President of the European Commission

Approved by the EPP Political Assembly, Brussels 9-10 April 2018

Election of the EPP Candidate for President of the European Commission

Procedure and Timetable for Candidacies:

  1. As from 6 September 2018 onward: opening of the submission of candidacies. To be nominated, a candidate needs the support of his or her own member party, plus the endorsement of not more than two member parties from two EU countries other than the country of origin of the candidate;
  2. Candidates must be nominated in writing to the EPP President by 17 October 2018 at 12:00 at the latest. Only Presidents and Secretaries General of ordinary member parties are entitled to nominate and/or endorse a candidate provided that the candidate is a member of an ordinary member party;
  3. The candidatures will be reviewed by the EPP Political Assembly in its meeting on 6 November 2018 and will, after validation, be submitted to the vote at the EPP Congress on 8 November 2018;
  4. The candidate that receives the absolute majority of valid votes will be declared elected. Abstentions are not considered valid votes;
  5. If there are more than two candidates and no candidate obtains the required absolute majority, a second ballot shall be held between the two candidates who got the highest number of valid votes at the first ballot. Abstentions are not considered valid votes;
  6. In the event of multiple candidates, the candidates will be presented on an alphabetical list.


  • 9-10 April 2018 : PA (approval of Procedure and Time table)
  • 6-7 Sep 2018 : PA
  • 18 Oct 2018 : EPP Summit
  • 6 Nov 2018 : PA
  • 8 Nov 2018 : Congress vote