Romania’s second proposal for EU commissioner rejected

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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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