One President of the EU

Henry Kissinger famously asked “Who do I call if I want to call Europe?” We think it’s time for an answer.

Henry Kissinger - Who do I call if I want to call Europe?

The media is full of stories about the intrigue and insider deals about the appointment of the President of the European Council.

But we see things differently; we stand for openness, accountability and democratic legitimacy.

With the Treaty of Lisbon to be ratified by 2009 it would be possible for there to be one person to call – the same person as President of the Commission and the European Council.

Why support this idea? If the new European Council President were to be strong it damages the EU in two ways: competing power bases in Brussels (European Council, Commission), and less democratic legitimacy (the Commission President is at least chosen according to results of the European Parliament elections, the European Council President simply appointed).

If the European Council President were a weak technocrat… well, who wants a weak technocrat? We don’t. So give us one, strong, accountable person by combining both roles.

For further information have a look at the Q&A page. For the latest updates about the campaign, check out our blog. If have any questions then send us an e-mail or call the One President telephone line – +32 (0)2 888 7978. If you agree that the European Union needs one person to call – One President – sign our petition below.

Sign the Petition

We the undersigned are in favour of One President for the European Union – the same person as President of the European Commission and European Council.

After you have added your name to this petition an e-mail will be sent to the given address to confirm your signature. Please make sure that your e-mail address is correct or you will not receive this e-mail and your name will not be counted.


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