3 Jun, 2023 @ 09:15
1 min read

EU to delay presentation of Spain’s rotating presidency until after snap elections in July

Attribution - Non Commericial - No Derivs Creative Commons © European Union 2014 - European Parliament ---------------------------------------- Pietro Naj-Oleari: European Parliament, Information General Directoratem, Web Communication Unit, Picture Editor. Phone: +32479721559/+32.2.28 40 633 E-mail: pietro.naj-oleari@europarl.europa.eu

THE SURPRISE decision of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to call snap elections for July 23 continued to have knock-on effects on Friday, after the European Parliament decided to delay Spain’s presentation when it assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union Council Presidency. 

The move came in response from a request by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, and is designed to avoid the presentation from taking place in the middle of the electoral campaign and just 10 days before the July 23 vote. 

If the change had not been made, the Socialist Party politician would have made the presentation as caretaker prime minister ahead of the polls. 

The new prime minister who emerges from the elections will be in charge of the presentation in September. 

The battle at the general election is likely to be a close one between Sanchez and Popular Party leader Alberto Nuñez Feijoo, and both parties are predicted to need the support of other groups to form a government. 

The leader of the European Popular Party, Manfred Weber, had also requested this delay according to news agency Europa Press. 

In a letter to the European Parliament, the party argued that it should be the president elect who presents the priorities for the coming months, away from ‘domestic political battles’.

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in a file photo from 2023. Credit: Chris Kleponis / Pool/Sipa

That move was slammed by the Socialists in the European Parliament. 

“Weber and the PP, as ever, are trying to make partisan and manipulative use of the European institutions, putting their interests before the general interest and that of Spain,” said the leader of the Socialist Party in the European Parliament, Iratxe Garcia. 

“Once again the PP has shown itself to be irresponsible in opposition,” she added, in comments reported by Europa Press.

Sanchez called the snap elections after his party, and leftist groups such as Unidas Podemos, fared very badly in the local and regional elections held on Sunday. 

The move is a high-risk gamble by Sanchez, and has raised the ire of the opposition and voters alike given that the date, July 23, is a time when many Spaniards will be taking their summer vacation.

Read more:

Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Gib Cycle Lane Bayside Road
Previous Story

Inaugural ride on Saturday to mark public opening of Gibraltar’s new two-way cycle lane from airport

Img 20230602 150044
Next Story

FREE TAPAS HUNTING: History, rules and how to find top tapas in Spain’s Granada

Latest from Lead

Go toTop

More From The Olive Press