EPP Elections Congress Dublin: highlights of final day
DUBLIN:The European People's Party (EPP) today held the second and final day of the 2014 Elections Congress in Dublin. Nearly 3,000 delegates, guests and journalists took part over the course of the two-day event.
The Congress elected Jean-Claude Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg, as the EPP candidate for President of the European Commission.Jean-Claude Juncker will now spearhead the EPP's EU-wide campaign leading up to the European elections from 22 to 25 May.
In addition to the election of Jean-Claude Juncker as the EPP candidate, the Congress featured addresses by the following EPP leaders: Enda Kenny (Ireland), Angela Merkel (Germany), Mariano Rajoy (Spain), Antonis Samaras (Greece), Michael Spindelegger (Austria), Donald Tusk (Poland), Viktor Orbán (Hungary), Nicos Anastasiades (Cyprus), Laimdota Straujuma (Latvia), Pedro Passos Coelho (Portugal), Jyrki Katainen (Finland) and Traian Băsescu (Romania). The Presidents of the European Commission and European Council, José Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, respectively, also addressed the EPP participants.
Moreover, the Congress adopted the EPP Electoral Manifesto, an Emergency Resolution on Ukraine, as well as several other Resolutions. All documents can be found on the website of the Congress at http://dublin2014.epp.eu/documentation/
The EPP Merit Award was given to the late EPP President Wilfried Martens in memoriam. In a powerful tribute, EPP President Joseph Daul underlined the invaluable contributions of President Martens to the party and to the European project.
Finally, EPP Secretary General Antonio López-Istúriz welcomed to the Congress Bono, the famed Irish musician, philanthropist and co-founder of the ONE Campaign, who delivered a special address.
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