What is next after EU Elections?

Last weekend, Europeans in 27 Member States have cast their votes in elections that will shake up Brussels policy arena for the next five years. The outcome of this elections, together with challenges ahead, will certainly impact the European Union and beyond.

The European People’s Party (EPP) obtained a sound victory with 186 Members in the European Parliament (MEPs), however right and far-right groups increased significantly their MEPs as well. For the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group, the position in the chamber has not drastically changed by losing 4 seats. However, this is not the case for the liberal Renew Europe group who decreased its representation by almost 30%. With this result, it is most likely that the EPP will run the EU policy agenda, paving the path for a potential new mandate for Ursula von der Leyen as President of the European Commission.

The European Cleaning and Facility Services Industry (EFCI) members are looking forward to working together with the new elected MEPs. It is of upmost importance to continue increasing the economic and social contribution of the cleaning industry. EFCI members not only promote employment stability and growth, but also offer entry-level positions and career advancement opportunities.

EFCI President, Lorenzo Mattioli: “Putting into motion EFCI Manifesto is more important than ever. Our industry plays a significant role in economic development by creating millions of jobs across Europe, contributing to GDP, and supporting other industries through its services. We seek enhancing social integration by providing employment opportunities to a diverse workforce, including many individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to integrate into society”.

Recognizing these contributions, it’s crucial for policymakers to support the cleaning industry through favorable regulations and initiatives that further its positive impact on Europe’s economy and social fabric.

Following the European elections, the focus shifts to the negotiations among the 27 EU leaders regarding the next Presidents of the European Commission, the European Council, and the EU’s next foreign policy chief.

On July 16, the new European Parliament begins its term, starting with the election of its President. This usually involves negotiations between the major political groups, with EPP and S&D likely to share the presidency. The Parliament will also allocate other roles, such as Vice Presidents and committee chairs. MEPs do not sit in the chamber according to nationality. Most of them join political groups that share similar political values and objectives. The political groups will be formed in the weeks following the elections.

The European Parliament should confirm the European Council’s nominee for President of the European Commission. Once confirmed, the new Commission’s President assembles a team of commissioners, with each country nominating a candidate. Portfolio distribution becomes a point of contention, with influential countries seeking guarantees for specific roles.

Simultaneously, the European Council nominates a new High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, subject to be first nominated by qualified majority approval and then needs the agreement by the President of the European Commission. The President of the European Council is elected by EU leaders, without input from the Parliament. Once all positions are filled, the EU will be ready to proceed with its agenda.

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