Dan suggests the following timetable:
By May 1, 2011 : Internal PES communication and develop selection process.
By October 1, 2011 : deadline for candidate applications.
By December 1, 2011 : validation of candidates.
2012: fundraising campaign by candidates.
2013: primary elections in the 27 EU countries; each country has a number of votes equal to the number of votes in the European Council.
March 2014 : European Socialist Convention officially designates the PES candidate for presidency of the European Commission.
Dan also comments:
Acum constat cu plăcere că cele sugerate intră în “dezbaterea socialistă”: Socialists want US-style primaries for commission president candidate. Sper din toată inima să se înţeleagă importanţa acestei posibile schimbări, nu doar pentru Stânga europeană, dar şi pentru construcţia europeană contemporană.
The rest of Dan's interesting article can be read here.