SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras is set to be named the European Left’s candidate for European Commission president, following a meeting of Europe’s leftist leaders in Spain.

Tsipras’s nomination is due to be confirmed when the European Left, the collection of leftist parties represented in the European Parliament, holds its congress in Madrid between December 13 and 15. Leaders of Europe’s left-wing parties gathered in the Spanish capital on Friday to decide on Tsipras’s candidacy.

The leftists want the Commission president to be elected by European voters rather than nominated by the European Council and then approved by the European Parliament.