The EU President would be elected on the basis of new articles in the Lisbon Treaty, which would require the Treaty change, or according or a new EU Constitution which may specify the way in which he is elected and his key powers, such as:

  • The President has very strong executive powers and governs with two Vice-presidents from the opposing parties
  • The President is elected for a fixed 5-year term and can serve a maximum of two terms
  • The President makes most important decisions himself, e.g. selecting the Prime Minister, or on matters regarding defence or emergency. On other matters he needs to consult the two Vice-presidents
  • The President can be recalled at any time by a qualified majority of the EF Parliament
  • If the President is recalled in the middle of his term, the continuity of governance is maintained by one of the two Vice-presidents replacing him by a qualified vote in the parliament.