Martin Schulz, the current President of the European Parliament, is the clear favourite to become the Party of European Socialists (PES) candidate for the position of Commission President, insiders say. The rumours come as the PES has launched its nomination process on 1 October 2013.
As the European elections will take place between 22 and 25 May 2014, the campaigns are starting to roll. The Lisbon Treaty stipulates that the next President of the European Commission will be elected by the European Parliament. The PES member parties – the national parties affiliated to the PES – will put forward their nominees by 31 October.
The nomination is no coincidence as the German government formations are on their way. Angela Merkel, the winner of the German elections, is talking to the Social Democrat SPD to form a coalition government and it is to be expected that the SPD will demand a price for any cooperation.
The closing date for PES applications is 31 October 2013, and on 6 November all candidates will be presented. In February 2014 the PES congress will elect a candidate and will reveal its common campaign manifesto.