Romania’s second proposal for EU commissioner rejected

epa07797261 Viorica Dancila, Romanian Prime Minister and Social Democracy Party (PSD) leader, presides the cabinet meeting at the government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania, 27 August 2019. This was the first government working meeting after ALDE retracted the political support for this cabinet. On 26 August 2019, Calin Popescu Tariceanu (not pictured), the Chairman of Alliance of Liberals and Democrats (ALDE), announced that ALDE retracts the political support for the government. Dancila's cabinet is now expecting to face a no-confidence vote in parliament next week. PSD and ALDE were forming the ruling coalition since 2016. EPA-EFE/Robert Ghement

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The European Commission’s president-elect Ursula von der Leyen has rejected Romania’s second proposal for commissioner – Socialist MEP Dan Nica, EC spokesperson Nina Andreeva confirmed to the Romania news station Digi24.

Andreeva told Digi24. “The president-elect’s team is still in contact with both governments (Romanian and Hungarian – e.n.), and the (selection) process continues,” she added.

Thus, Romania will now have to present a third proposal, after the first person the Government recommended for this position, MEP Rovana Plumb, was rejected as well by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on integrity issues.

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Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila

Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila had a telephone conversation with Ursula von der Leyen after Plumb was rejected and informed her that she wanted to propose Dan Nica for commissioner.

However, the EC president said she preferred a woman candidate.

Dancila’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) decided to have Gabriela Ciot, a state secretary within the Foreign Affairs Ministry as a backup solution, in case Nica was rejected, but the Government apparently hasn’t sent this proposal to Brussels yet.

 

Via Romania Insider

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