The European People’s Party Congress in Helsinki elected Manfred Weber as the Party’s Spitzen candidate that will lead the charge in the European elections in 2019. A day earlier, the two candidates debated in front of the Congress, and earlier today before the ballot, the two candidates addressed the audience.
Weber’s strength as a candidate saw him all but guarantee victory before every landing in Helsinki. The final tally saw Weber take 79.2% of the vote. If successful, Weber will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as the President of the European Commission after the European Elections in 2019.
Weber was voted by 492 EPP delegates out of the 619 valid votes cast in Helsinki. Stubb’s candidacy was endorsed by 127 delegates, and 2 votes invalid, as the EPP President Joseph Daul announced after the votes were counted.
“Manfred Weber is a candidate with integrity and experience, who brings innovative ideas and the vision needed to defend our values, build bridges and shape the future of Europe,” said Daul, adding that as an EPP chairman in the European chamber, “he has worked tirelessly to provide solutions to the challenges facing European citizens. With him, we look forward to the campaign; the chance to uphold our accomplishments, to preserve the European project and lead the way for a strong and united Europe with EPP at the helm”.
Congratulations to #EPP’s #spitzenkandidat@ManfredWeber and thank you @alexstubb for the great #NextGenerationEurope campaign. Bring on the #EUelection2019 💪🇪🇺 #Up2EU#EPPHelsinkipic.twitter.com/grNNJLRtRp
— Henna Virkkunen (@HennaVirkkunen) November 8, 2018
🎥Today we elected our #Spitzenkandidat@ManfredWeber at #EPPCongress. Excited to have the current chairman of @EPPGroup in the European Parliament as our Lead Candidate for #EP2019 elections. ➡️Watch his video & visit https://t.co/pLKCt6SEoN#BetterEurope#YourEuropepic.twitter.com/pHn17WYQ5B
— EPP (@EPP) November 8, 2018
— Martens Centre (@MartensCentre) November 8, 2018