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L'Espagne demande le report du discours du Premier ministre à la présidence de l'UE en raison des élections


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Spain wants to delay the presentation of priorities for its upcoming EU presidency until months after assuming the bloc’s rotating leadership in July 1 due to a snap election, which certains diplomates craignent de perturber Europe’s agenda.

The move contrasts with the Spanish government’s earlier claims that the elections would in no way affect the timetable of the European presidency and that everything would go ahead as planned.

Lundi 29 mai, le Premier ministre Pedro Sanchez (photo) décider de dissoudre le parlement et déclencher des élections anticipées le 23 juillet à la suite de lourdes pertes pour son Parti socialiste lors des élections locales et régionales du 28 mai.

Sanchez was set to address the European Parliament’s plenary session on July 13 to outline Madrid’s main policies during the six-month presidency, but has now requested it be delayed to September, an official from Sanchez’s Office told Reuters.

With the change, EU lawmakers will be informed of Spain’s priorities for the bloc two months after the start of the mandate, opening the door for the speech to be made by the new Spanish premier who replaces Sanchez if he is defeated.

“The EU presidency will suffer during the campaign because the prime minister will have to decide whether to campaign, whether to dedicate himself to exercising his institutional role, or whether he will end up mixing the two,” MEP Esteban Gonzalez Pons, one of the leaders at the main opposition PP, told Reuters. The conservative People’s Party (PP) is most likely to win the elections, according to polls.

“Whatever happens, we are and will be in a position to give stability and continuity to the presidency to ensure that it is a success for the whole country, not the government in power,” he said.


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