Former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis on 18 February visited the headquarters of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels in order to meet with EPP President Joseph Daul and to formally submit his candidature to be the EPP’s candidate for President of the European Commission
Dombrovskis heads the ballot of his party, “Unity,” for the European elections of 22-25 May.
Valdis Dombrovskis, who is the first to submit his candidature following the opening of the selection process on 13 February, brings with him the support of Unity, as well as the support of EPP member parties TS-LKD and IRL from Lithuania and Estonia, respectively. In order to be nominated as the EPP candidate for President of the European Commission, a candidate needs the support of his or her own member party, plus the endorsement of no more than two member parties from two EU countries other than the country of origin of the candidate.
The process of nominating the EPP candidate will remain open to further submissions and will continue according to the following timeline and rules:
13 February – opening of the submission of candidacies.
5 March – last day to submit candidacies.
6 March (Dublin Congress) – review of the candidacies at the Political Assembly; validation of the candidacies and submission to the Congress for a vote.
7 March (Dublin Congress) – Congress delegates vote to elect the candidate; proclamation of the candidate; launch of the campaign.
[notice noticeType=”approved” ]Note:The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 73 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, 12 EU and 5 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.[/notice]