The Council of Europe elects its future head with Reynders’ future in the air

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will elect this Tuesday to the future secretary general of the organization, from a shortlist that includes former Estonian Minister Indrek Saar, former Swiss President Alain Berset and Belgian Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice on leave and whose future in Brussels is now up in the air, pending the imminent vote in Strasbourg.

The mandate of the new secretary general will begin on September 18, when that of the current person in charge expires, the Croatian Marija Pejcinovic Buricbut first a long process of candidatures, screenings and interviews has been necessary, from which the three names confirmed in March by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe have emerged.

Said Committee, the executive body of the Council of Europe, approved the candidacies of Berset, Saar and Reynders, with a non-binding order –prepared based on his own criteria– which implied suggesting the former Swiss president as the best option and, lastly, the Belgian commissioner. The Parliamentary Assembly, where the 46 member countries are represented, does not have to apply the same criterion.

The vote is secret and the 306 delegates are called that make up the Assembly, although not all of them necessarily have to participate. The vote is secret and there will be a first round between 10:00 and 12:00, so that around 1:00 p.m. it will be known whether any of the three candidates exceeds the absolute majority threshold and, therefore, is elected.

Otherwise, there will be a second round between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. between the two candidates with the most support and in which The winner will be the one who gets the most votes, regardless of the percentage. Whoever is elected will lead the Council of Europe for the next five years.

Reynders, mediator in the renewal of the CGPJ

To compete for the head of the Council of Europe, Reynders he had to leave his position aside as commissioner last April and delegate to the vice president of the Rule of Law, Vera Jourova, the mediation that she assumed at the beginning of the year between the PSOE and the PP to unblock the renewal of the General Council of the Judiciary (CGPJ).

This relay has also coincided with the stagnation of talks supervised by Brussels since there has been no contact between the parties with Jourova until last week, when the ‘popular’ and socialists were open to resuming dialogue but the vice president demanded concrete proposals from them to reactivate mediation.

Community sources confirm that There has been no news since then., so it is not ruled out that Reynders could pick up the matter where he left off when he took leave to campaign. Not in vain, if the Belgian liberal fails in his aspirations, he will have to take up his position in Brussels in the following days, although it remains to be seen how he will proceed if he wins the leadership of the Council of Europe since he would not take office until mid-September.

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