Central and Eastern Europe countries expecting important Commission portfolios

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Central and Eastern Europe was shut out in last week’s race for senior EU positions, so the region’s governments are eyeing important Commission portfolios and a vice presidency as compensation.

“The arrangement is that a candidate from CEE will get the position of the vice president. I have a deep understanding that it has been confirmed. I can’t see any other possibility,” said Piotr Müller, a Polish government spokesman.

But officials from other countries say that the European Council did not make any deals regarding a Central European vice president during the June 30 to July 2 summit, at which they nominated German Ursula von der Leyen as Commission president. “There are many wish lists around but it’s up to the incoming Commission president to decide which candidate is best suited for which of the various positions available in her team of commissioners,” said one EU diplomat.

Perceived and real problems that Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic face with the EU might hinder this

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