Visit of Martin Schulz, President of the EP, to José Manuel Barroso: joint press briefing
On 24 January 2012, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received Martin Schulz, as the new President of the EP. It was his first visit to the EC since his election on 17/01/2012.
After the last European elections, in 2009, the two major factions of the European Parliament, the EPP and the S&D, had reached a formal agreement to share the Presidency under the 2009-2014 term. Under the agreement, Jerzy Buzek was President in the first half of the term and a S&D Member would be elected in the second half (2012-2014) of the term.