After the European Parliament confirmed Luxembourg´s Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president, by a strong majority of 422 votes , the heads of state or government will meet today on 16 July 2014 for a special meeting of the European Council, to discuss further appointments of the European Union´s foreign policy chief following their decision to propose Jean-Claude Juncker for Commission President.
It’s the first time that Parliament has elected the candidate proposed by member state leaders based on the results of the European elections. Members also called for more transparency in the EU-US trade talks, gave Lithuania the go ahead to join the euro zone and approved four new commissioners.
The heads of state or government will also have an exchange of views with the new Commission President-elect, Jean-Claude Juncker, on the European Union’s priorities in times of change that will guide the work of the EU over the next 5 years.
In light of the latest developments the leaders are expected to address the situation in Ukraine, the diplomatic efforts by Ukraine, as well as the Middle East.
The tragic events of the past days highlight the urgent need for all parties to work towards a resumption of the diplomatic process and to pursue a two-state solution to the Israeli- Palestinian conflict.