03 / 07 / 2019

European Council appointed new EU leaders

The European Council elected on 2 July 2019 new EU leaders after three days of marathon talks.

  • Charles Michel has been elected as President of the European Council and President of the Euro Summit for the period from 1 December until 31 May 2022, with a renewable mandate of two and a half years.
  • The Council also proposed Ursula von der Leyen to the European Parliament as the candidate for President of the European Commission.
  • Josep Borrell Fontelles has been nominated as the candidate for High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. His formal appointment requires the agreement of the President-elect of the Commission.
  • Christine Lagarde is the proposed candidate for President of the European Central Bank (ECB), with a non-renewable mandate for 8 years. The European Council will take a formal decision on the appointment on the basis of a Council recommendation, after having consulted the European Parliament and the ECB’s Governing Council.


The President of the Commission, the High Representative and the other members of the Commission will be subject as a body to a vote of consent by the European Parliament, before the formal appointment by the European Council. Their term of office will last 5 years, from the end of the current Commission until 31 October 2024.


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