Bucharest City is hosting today and tomorrow the convention of the European People’s Party (PEPP) Congress, where expected to attend are 27 official delegations comprising heads of state or government from European Union member states and outside the EU.
Expected to address the event, hosted by Parliament Palace, are President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso; President of the European People’s Party Wilfried Martens; leader of the EPP MEP group Joseph Daul; Romania’s President Traian Basescu; Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel; President of the European Council Herman van Rompuy; Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov; Moldova’s Prime Minister Vlad Filat, as well as Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
Also delivering speeches on the first day of the EPP Congress convention are national leader of Romania’s Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) Vasile Blaga and national leader of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Hunor Kelemen.
The main three items on the agenda of the Bucharest convention of the EPP Congress are electing the leadership of the party, which, according to the EPP statutes happens every three years; approving a political platform and manifesto for the party and agreeing on the profile of the EPP’s candidate for the presidency of the European Commission in 2014.
The election of the EPP president happens today, the first day of the convention, while the secretary general and the vice-president will be elected on Thursday.
EPP President Martens said last week that the EPP’s platform is a 50-page document divided into three chapters that cover the reconfirmation of the EPP’s value system, the new challenges facing Europe and European nations, as well as the future of the European Union.