Mario Mauro, one of the two EPP candidates for the presidency of the European Parliament, has quit his candidature.
“According with leaders of my party (Partito delle Libertà) and the EPP group we decide to quit my candidature for not divide EPP” he said.
Next 7th of July, during the EPP MEP meeting, the only candidate for the presidency will be the former Poland Prime Minister, Jerzy Buzek.
Mr. Mauro, 48 years old, was candidate before the EU Elections by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi but, since the beginning, it was clear that the large parte of the EPP members will not support him. Besides of the endorsement of the all eastern EPP members Mr. Buzek is also supporting by Germany since his candidature starting, and he gets the French support after the last European Conseil. Mr Buzek’s bid is highly symbolic not only for the Poles, but also for all eastern European states, as it would be the first time a politician from the former Communist bloc chairs an EU institution.
Italy has not had a prominent position in any EU institution in recent times, except for the commission presidency led by Romano Prodi, and it has not a presidency of the European Parliament since 1979. After Mr. Mauro’s decision Italy could ask a better portfolio in the next EU commission for the reconfirm commissioner Mr. Tajani, or maybe the presidency of an institution like the European Central Bank, same rumours indicate in Italian Ministry of Economy Mr. Tremonti one of the candidate.