EU summit concludes with Juncker nomination

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Added On June 28, 2014

European Union leaders have decided to nominate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next European Commission president.
 
The decision was made at a summit that concluded on Friday in Brussels.
 
During the two-day summit, leaders also agreed on five overall priorities of future development of the 28-member bloc.
 
On the second day of the EU summit, the European Council set five target areas for the development of Europe.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH):HERMAN VAN ROMPUY, European Council President
"In our strategic agenda we set out 5 overall priorities: Stronger economies with more jobs, societies enabled to empower and protect all citizens, a secured energy and climate future, a trusted area of fundamental freedoms and an effective joined action in the world. On all these points we indicate action to be taken. However, the main purposes was not to go into details, but to set the direction for the legislative work in the next 5 years to achieve what people expect Europe to do."
 
The summit also endorsed the Country Specific Recommendations, which are designed to guide member states in their structural reforms, employment and fiscal policies and national budgets.
 
The recommendations concluded the 2014 "European Semester", the EU's calendar for economic policy coordination.
 
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH):JOSE MANUEL BARROSO, EC President
"I'm therefore pleased that the European Council concluded successfully the so-called European semester. Our European economic governance, a partnership between European institutions and national governments, that precisely are a new expression of joint commitment to adopt together the economic issues. The European council has generally endorsed the country specific recommendations put forward by the European Commission."
 
At the summit, EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker for the presidency of the bloc's executive branch, despite opposition from Britain.
 
With the move, the EU leaders broke a decades-old tradition of choosing the European Commission president by consensus.
 
Juncker, a former prime minister of Luxembourg, played a crucial role in shaping the euro currency.
 
He's expected to be confirmed by the European Parliament in mid-July.
 
After being formally elected, the 59-year-old will replace Jose Manuel Barroso, whose five-year term in office ends in late October.