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Sunday, 31 January 2010

Bulgaria's foreign minister drops EU Commission candidacy

Bulgaria's nominee for the post of EU commissioner, Rumiana Jeleva, withdrew her candidacy after fellow politicians accused her of concealing business ties. Bulgaria has named a World Bank official to replace her. Rumiana Jeleva, Bulgaria's EU commission nominee and her country's foreign minister, withdrew her candidacy on Tuesday after other Bulgarian politicians in the European Parliament questioned her competence and accused her of dubious business practices. Jeleva had been nominated to the EU post in charge of humanitarian aid. At her confirmation hearing on January 12, she faced allegations that she concealed potential conflicts of interest when she was named to the European Parliament in 2007. EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has said that he accepts the nomination of a new candidate, top World Bank official Kristalina Georgieva. The last-minute nomination comes on the final day of hearings for EU Commission candidates. Once all candidates have been named, the presidents of the various groups in the European Parliament will convene to discuss the candidates and hammer out differences. Controversy surrounding the naming of Bulgaria's candidate for commissioner had caused fears that Barroso would be delayed in forming his commission. The EU Commission is appointed every five years and has regulatory, legislative and policy-shaping powers in the 27-nation European Union.

Source:  Deutsche-Welle