How the EPO race was won

James Nurton, London


EPO member states were close to postponing the election of a president for a fourth time, before Benoît Battistelli finally and narrowly won the support of three-quarters of member states in the middle of Monday afternoon

“A lot of us started to wonder what the next steps would be,” said one representative of an EPO member state after the meeting. “Holding another meeting, or even restarting the process, would have been raised if we had not come to a conclusion in that round of voting.”

There was no possibility of extending Monday’s meeting – the fourth time the EPO’s Admin Council had met to elect a new president since October last year – so a further date would have had to be scheduled if the vote had not been won.

Battistelli’s success came after his candidacy had gradually built up support during 20 separate votes over the four Council meetings. After the previous vote last month, he was just one short of the required threshold, and was expected to have gathered enough momentum to win the vote comfortably...


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