lisbon - The European Social Democrats have officially elected Frans Timmermans on Saturday as their candidate for the presidency of the European Commission. The more than one thousand delegates confirmed the candidacy of the former Minister of Foreign Affairs during a party day of the European Social Democrats in Lisbon.
The election of Timmermans was a formality. He no longer had an opponent.
Next year, there will be European elections. After that vote, a successor must also be elected from the current President of the Executive Board of EU, the Luxembourger Jean-Claude Juncker. The European Parliament demands that it be a so-called 'Spitzenkandidat', the candidate of the political group that gets the most votes in the European elections.