Orban may lead the European Council instead of Charles Michel: How can it be prevented?

January 08, 2024


The President of the European Council Charles Michel wants to quit early, to take part in the upcoming elections to the European Parliament next June. Charles Michel's term as the European Council President ends in November 2024. He will perform his current duties until he is sworn in as a member of the European Parliament on July 16.

By then, the EU leaders must agree on a successor. Otherwise, the leader of the country that currently chairs the EU Council will take the chair. At the moment, it is Hungary and its Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. The co-director of foreign policy and international security programmes of Razumkov Center Mykhailo Pashkov spoke about this live on the FREEDOM TV channel.



Mykhailo Pashkov

Co-Director, Foreign Relations and International Security Programmes

Born in 1958 in Roslavl, Smolensk oblast, Russia


Smolensk Institute of Pedagogy, Faculty of the Russian Language and Literature (1979)

Moscow Institute of Youth, Faculty of Journalism (1986)

Kyiv Institute of Political Science and Public Administration (1991)

Ph. D. in Philosophy; the author of more than 50 publications

1979 – 1989 — worked at different positions in district, regional and republican newspapers in Russia and Moldova

1991 – 1994 — worked in scientific institutions of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

1994 – 1998 — Diplomatic Service at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Russian Federation

Since December 1999 — Razumkov Centre's Leading Expert

Diplomatic Rank: First Secretary. Most recent position in state structures — Chief Consultant, Analytical Service of Ukraine's NSDC Staff

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