Following the nomination of European People’s Party Vice-President Jacek Saryusz-Wolski as Poland’s candidate for President of the European Council, EPP President Joseph Daul made the following statement:

“Today, the EPP has revoked Jacek Saryusz-Wolski’s title as EPP Vice-President after his having accepted the nomination of Poland’s ruling party, Law and Justice, to run against EPP candidate Donald Tusk. The outcome follows the EPP’s having received PO’s official notification of Saryusz-Wolski’s immediate exclusion from his member party, and refers to the EPP Statutes (see Article 11), which allow only representatives of EPP member parties to hold eligible internal functions. Therefore, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski has automatically lost his positions as an EPP vice-president and as a member of the EPP presidency.

I deeply regret Saryusz-Wolski’s disloyalty and disrespect towards the unity and values of his own member parties, Civic Platform (PO) and the EPP.

The EPP family’s position remains clear and unchanged. Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, has the EPP’s unequivocal support to continue for a second mandate in his current position.”