An analysis of the potential impact the EU 2014 institutional changes may have on the ICT industry, has been prepared by APCO Worldwide’s office in Brussels.
From 22-25 May 2014, EU voters will go to the polls to elect 751 Members of the European Parliament and decide the direction of Europe for the next five years. In November, a new College of Commissioners is scheduled to take office, and a new President of the European Council will be appointed on 1 December 2014.
Up to half of the next Parliament’s MEPs are expected to be new, and only a few of the current Commissioners are likely to remain for a new term. Brussels will see new heroes (and anti-heroes) as well as the return of current players. Furthermore, this institutional transition is likely to be particularly notable due to continued economic and political uncertainty across Europe, e.g. rising left-wing and right-wing Eurosceptic movements.