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EPP Congress in Bucharest: March 6-7

The European People’s Party (EPP) holds its Congress on 6-7 March 2024 at Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. Co-hosted by Partidul Naţional Liberal (PNL), EPP President Manfred WEBER and EPP Secretary General Thanasis BAKOLAS, the Congress will bring together this European political family to reaffirm their political values and principles, focus on the preparations for the European Parliament elections in June, adopt the EPP manifesto, as well as elect the party’s lead candidate for President of the European Commission, as EPP mentions.

The EPP includes 84 parties and partners from 44 countries, the presidents of the European Commission (Ursula von der Leyen) and the European Parliament (Roberta Metsola), heads of state or government from 12 EU member countries, ten members of the European Commission and the most significant political group (178 members) in the European Parliament.

Among the presidents and prime ministers, we mention:

  • The President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis
  • The Prime Minister of Finland, Petteri Orpo
  • The Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Luc Frieden
  • The President of Cyprus, Nikos CHRISTODOULIDES
  • Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer
  • The Prime Minister of Ireland, Leo Varadkar
  • The Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic
  • The Prime Minister of Poland, Donald Tusk
  • The Prime Minister of Greece, Kyriakos Mitsotakis
  • The Prime Minister of Lithuania, Ingrida Simonyte

Approximately 2000 participants from 44 countries have been invited to take part.

The forthcoming 2024 EPP Congress in Bucharest, jointly hosted by the Romanian party PNL, will center on the election of our lead candidate and the unveiling of our electoral manifesto for the European Parliament elections scheduled for June 6-9, 2024. The Congress represents a moment of unity, reflection, and inspiration, allowing us to celebrate achievements and address challenges such as Russia’s war in Ukraine, the increasing cost of living, and the threats posed by populism and extremism. As the EPP stays true to its values, we emphasize empowering the people of Europe, preserving our deep-rooted values, and protecting the Union against internal and external threats.

EPP official communication

EPP CONGRESS IN BUCHAREST PROGRAMME

Bucharest

WEDNESDAY, 6 MARCH 2024

08:00-09:30
EPP Ethics Committee

08:30-12:30
EPP Group Study Days 1st session (including a session with EPP Group CoR)

10:00-12:00
Resolution Committee

14:00
Congress: 1st Plenary Session
Welcome speeches

14:30
Debate focusing on the voice of villages, cities and regions

15:15
Debates and exchanges with Presidents of the Parliamentary Assemblies Council of Europe, NATO, OSCE, Chairpersons of Groups, EPP Associations, WMCES President
• Discussion on defence and security
• Discussion on intergenerational solidarity
• Discussion on the economy and jobs

16:15
Interventions by non-EU Heads of State and Government, non-EU Opposition and Party Leaders

17:15
Presentation and vote on ordinary and emergency Resolutions and Statutory changes

18:15
EPP Electoral Manifesto: Presentation and Vote

19:15
Closing Remarks

EPP reception and family dinner co-hosted by PNL

THURSDAY, 7 MARCH 2024

8:00-09:00
Women Empowering Perspectives for Peace

8:00-09:00
EPP-CoR Group Local Dialogue on Enlargement

8:00-09:00
EPP Group Study Days 2nd session

9:00
Congress: 2nd Plenary Session
Interventions by EU Opposition and Party Leaders

9:45
Address by EPP President

10:00
Speech(es) by nominee(s) for EPP Lead Candidate

10:15–11:45
Election of the EPP Lead Candidate for President of the European Commission (Secret Ballot)

10:15- 11:45
Interventions by Deputy Prime Ministers and EU Heads of State and Government

11:45-12:10
Address by EU institutions Presidents and President of Romania

12:15-12:30
Announcement of the result of the election of the EPP Lead Candidate
Acceptance Speech of the EPP Lead Candidate
Closing of the Congress

For more details on the Congress, please visit the dedicated website https://www.epp2024.eu/.

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