Presidency of the European Commission/ Eurovision Debate - EU elections 2019
The Presidential Debate - EU Elections 2019 takes place on 15 May at 21.00 CET. It's is an opportunity to discover where the lead candidates stand on a range of issues.
Political parties put forward candidates for the post of president of the European Commission ahead of the European elections. The lead candidate nominated by the Council, and able to command a majority in Parliament, will be elected President of the European Commission by a vote of Parliament.
The lead candidates are sometimes referred to by the German term spitzenkandidaten. This system was first used in 2014 to select current Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.
On 15 May 2019, Manfred WEBER, EPP lead candidate, Frans TIMMERMANS, PES lead candidate, Ska KELLER, Greens lead candidate, Margrethe VESTAGER, ALDE lead candidate as member of Team Europe, Nico CUÉ, EL lead candidate, and Jan ZAHRADIL, ACRE lead candidate, take part in a live Eurovision debate at the Parliament in Brussels.