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Juncker: We don’t accept dividing lines between old and new EU members
7 May 2014 Flash News
No new dividing lines should be drawn in the European Union - neither between north and south, nor east and west, European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for the post of EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said at a press conference in Bratislava May 6.
The press conference was organised by the Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ) and attended by chairpersons and leaders of EP election slates of all Slovak members of the EPP; apart from SDKÚ also the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH), Most-Híd and the Party of Hungarian Community (SMK).
Juncker pointed out that the upcoming European Parliament elections will for the first time take place according to the rules of the Lisbon Treaty. He said that when it comes to the prospects of the EPP and the Socialists, they have roughly similar chances of winning the elections. “We want the EPP to be the winner of the elections, however,” he said, adding that Slovak MEPs may tip the scales. He noted that the European Council will for the first time take into account the results of the EP elections when appointing the Commission head.
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