#FHYearofChange:­ What can we expect from the European Council?

Teresa Calvano, Jacques Foul

2019 represents the “Year of Change” for the European Union (a new European Parliament, a new political leadership for the European Commission, and the formal departure of the UK as a member of the EU). With the European elections coming up in 2019, Senior Vice President of Financial Services, Mette Grolleman, encourages others to get engaged now in writing the future of Europe.

In November of 2019, the European Council will elect a new president. Questions naturally arise of who it will be, where he/she will be from and what exactly he/she will care about. As the elections grow closer, Europe will be looking for a leader who can unite rather than divide the 28 member states.

With Merkel and Macron both secure in their positions for the near future, the President of the European Council will need to be someone capable of dividing and navigating these two points of views. Grolleman predicts who she thinks could fill this role, the challenges they will face and more.

While the new elections may not be for another year, that doesn’t mean that you can afford to wait to start engaging and influencing. Read more about our #FHYearofChange video series and stay tuned for more insights from the FleishmanHillard team!