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Building up European leadership – an assessment of the recent process

1 October 2014
Maria João Rodrigues (Member of the European Parliament)


Maria João Rodriguez deals with the issue of leadership at the EU level and argues that Europe is in need of new leadership to recreate a stronger European unity. She emphasises the gains in democratic legitimacy brought by the new procedure to elect the President of the European Commission and also stresses that candidates for the Commission should be evaluated in the national context in terms of their ability to address challenges at the EU level and their adaptive qualities regarding top Commission priorities. The process should also transcend the national level and involve more European selection input, including the Presidents of the Commission, the European Council and the Parliament. Member States should carefully consider their Commission candidates and assess their merits on the basis of proven competences and political outcomes.

Building up European leadership – an assessment of the recent process