What are the EU’s top jobs and how will they be filled?

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen goes to take the stage during the opening ceremony of the recovery conference in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, June 11, 2024. [Ebrahim Noroozi/AP]

European Union leaders are set to start bargaining over top EU institution jobs after the European Parliament election concluded on Sunday with gains for the centre-right and far-right.

What are the top EU jobs?

European Commission president: Incumbent Ursula von der Leyen is aiming for a second term in charge of the EU's executive body, which makes legislative proposals. This job is the most powerful in the EU institutions.

European Council president: This role involves chairing summits of the EU's 27 national leaders and liaising with them to set the bloc's strategic direction. Incumbent Charles Michel's term concludes at the end of November.

Foreign policy chief: The High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy chairs meetings of EU foreign, defence and development ministers. Incumbent Josep Borrell is also stepping down later this...

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