Depending on the European Union’s transition plans, the elections for the President could be carried out even before the EU has made a transition into the EF. That could happen within the next few years even without a new Constitution. That was the idea proposed by Jean Claude Juncker in February 2018. He suggested merging the position of the President of the EU Commission and the President of the European Council. The new President would just have two titles: the president of the EU Commission and the EU Council. If that happens, the conditions that would apply in the election of the future EF President should already be applied such as:
- To become a candidate for the President the candidate must be over the age of 35
- He must be a citizen of the EU/ EF
- He cannot represent any faith
- He will be elected on a pan-European basis by all citizens from all EU countries or EF.
- The candidate will have to collect signatures on the EU/EF website from at least 1% of the eligible votes from outside his native country. For example, if he was a German, he would have to collect signatures from all EU countries, apart from Germany
- The election will be carried out in a modified Two Rounds System. In the first round, the First Past the Post system will be used, when candidates will be scored according to the percentage of the votes received. If one of the candidates receives 50% plus 1 vote, he is the winner and there is no need for the second round. If none of the candidates scores more than 50% votes then the second round of voting is carried out in two weeks’ time.
- The candidates who scored more than 20% +1 of the votes in the first round go through to the second round. Therefore, in theory, up to 4 candidates may compete in the second round. The voting in the second round will use the Alternative Vote (proportional) system, described earlier
- His term will be for 5 years and he can serve a maximum of two terms.