EU to hold summit on first president on Nov 19: Sweden

The summit follows the ratification of a treaty earlier in November which allows the EU to appoint its first long-term president and powerful foreign policy chief.

EU to hold summit on first president on Nov 19: Sweden
The European Union will hold a special summit on November 19 to choose a president and foreign policy chief, the Swedish presidency said on Wednesday.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who is leading the appointment process, said in a statement he had decided on next Thursday as the date when the EU's 27 heads of state and government should go to Brussels to finalise their choice.

The summit follows the ratification of a treaty earlier in November which allows the EU to appoint its first long-term president and powerful foreign policy chief.

"After an introductory round of consultations with his fellow heads of state and government, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has decided to convene an extra informal summit on 19 November," the presidency said in a statement.

"The meeting will take the form of a working dinner in Brussels."

The first president is almost certain to be a sitting or former head of government, Reinfeldt said separately in an interview with the Financial Times.

Diplomats have said there is strong backing for Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy to become Council president, but French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker remained in the running.

Reuters

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