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The Programme

The 2019 Eurovision Presidential Debate will be broadcast live from the European Parliament in Brussels on 15 May 2019 at 21:00 CEST. 

This second edition of the debate will again bring together the lead candidates vying to be the next president of the European Commission. EBU Member broadcasters will be bringing this democratic political debate to audiences across Europe.

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Our hosts


The 15 May debate will be presented by 3 journalists:

Emilie Tran Nguyen, France Televisions, and Markus Preiss, ARD Germany, will lead the debate on stage, while Annastiina Heikkila, YLE Finland, will feed the discussion from the social media angle.

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The Eurovision Debate 2019 will have a whole team in place to cover live input from the public through various social media channels, in particular Twitter, during the live debate, to stimulate exchanges across borders around issues that are topical for the next European elections.

Join in the discussion and send your questions to us now by using #TellEurope!


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The Candidates

The candidates below are listed in speaking order, which was determined on 4 April. The debate process obeys very strict rules, for the sake of fairness and transparency. Candidates have fulfilled the following criteria:

  • The candidate was nominated by one of the political parties represented in the Parliament.
  • The political party is represented in one of the officially recognized Groups of the outgoing parliament.
  • Only one candidate per Group can participate in the debate.
  • Only candidates nominated by 31 March were eligible.

For Broadcasters

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In order to book the transmission, you'll find more details on the Eurovision Presidential Debate offer on Broadcasters who are a part of our Eurovision News Exchange will be able to access the programme on our exchange platform. For any other information concerning your coverage of the Eurovision Presidential Debate, please get in touch with us.

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EBU Editorial Board

The Eurovision Presidential Debate is a collaborative project with EBU Members and a clear reflection of our public service values. A member-led Editorial Board not only ensures the involvement and engagement of Members, but also underscores and reinforces our editorial independence and reliability in a competitive media environment.