(Brussels) The plenary of the European Parliament, from 15 to 18 July in Strasbourg, will be “particularly important from a political point of view”. The European Parliament’s spokesperson, Jaume Duch, stressed this twice as he presented the plenary agenda to journalists in Brussels today. The main highlight will be the debate and vote by MEPs on the designated president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. On Tuesday, 16 July, the day will be structured as follows: Ms Von der Leyen’s statement will be at 9am, and it will followed by the declarations of the leaders of the political groups. The candidate will then answer the questions put to her, and a debate with MEPs will follow until 12.30. MEPs are scheduled to vote by secret ballot at 6pm so as to allow political groups to meet in the afternoon and decide their voting position. An absolute majority of the votes cast is required, that is, at least 374 votes from 747 MEPs. Another item on the EP’s agenda is a vote on the composition of inter-parliamentary delegations, to get the institutional system up and running. Other topics to be discussed include a resolution on Venezuela, the situation in the Persian Gulf and Moldova, migration in the Mediterranean, as well as the handover of the EU Council Presidency with addresses by the Prime Ministers of Romania and Finland to MEPs. The parliamentary procedure to replace the two Commissioners who have been elected as MEPs is also scheduled for next week, Mr Duch stressed, if the European “Parliament receives from Mr Juncker the letter designating” the two new commissioners.