Sunday, 17 November, 2019

New Romanian PM Proposes Fresh European Commissioners

New Romanian PM Proposes Fresh European Commissioners BREAKING: Valean new Romanian EU Commissioner pick, sources say
Patty Aguilar | 08 November, 2019, 23:04

The new government still has to propose a candidate for a commissioner at the European Commission after the country's previous one was rejected, delaying the EU executive's functioning by a month. Moreover, the Socialists are unhappy that they have lost a seat in the new commission after the change of government in Romania.

Von der Leyen on Wednesday also sent a letter to British prime minister Boris Johnson to urge him to nominate a United Kingdom commissioner for the new European Union executive.

Romania's pro-European liberals, after months of uncertainty, won parliamentary approval to form the next government on Monday.

Orban's favorite for the commissioner position is Siegfried Muresan, according to liberal sources quoted by G4Media.ro, while Adina Valean is the reserve candidate.

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen selected a new Romanian member of her team, leaving only the U.K.to announce its nominee.

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An MEP since 2007 and vice president of the European Parliament in 2014-19, she must still face questioning by the parliament's Legal Committee.

United Kingdom is also legally obligated to nominate someone for the commissioner role as negotiated in the Brexit extension last month.

Problems in finding a suitable Romanian commissioner have delayed the formation of the upcoming European Commission, headed by Von ser Leyen, which was supposed to start work at the beginning of November.

In a letter, von der Leyen asked Johnson to reply "rapidly, in the shortest delay possible", her spokeswoman Dana Spinant said.

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