Juncker starts interviews with Commissioner candidates

Jean-Claude Juncker interviews Kristalina Georgieva [European Commission]

Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker yesterday (2 September) met with the candidates for commissioners presented by the member states. Belgium, the only country that hasn’t yet submitted a candidacy, is expected to do so on 4 September.

Juncker has already interviewed Bulgarian candidate Kristalina Georgieva, Slovenian candidate Alenka Bratušek and Dutch candidate Frans Timmermans.

The purpose of these interviews is to determine each candidate's ability to serve as a European Commissioner, particularly in light of an article of the Treaty on European Union which states that the members of the Commission “shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose independence is beyond doubt."

Juncker has interviewed Italy’s Federica Mogherini before she was appointed by EU leaders to be the next EU foreign affairs chief, Juncker’s spokesperson Natasha Bertaud confirmed.

Mogherini, just as all other Commissioners-designate, will be auditioned by the European Parliament before it votes on the entire College.

In a press release, the Commission says that the timing of the communication of the list of Commissioners-designate to the Council of the European Union will depend on Juncker receiving candidates from all member states. The issue is that Belgium, a country struggling to form a government since the 25 May general elections, hasn’t yet decided its candidate.

Press reports say that liberal Walloon politician Didiers Reynders from the MR party, foreign minister in the caretaker government, is the frontrunner.

Marianne Thyssen, a politician from the Flemish centre-right party CD&V is also seen as a possible candidate, together with the current Belgian commissioner Karel De Gucht, a Flemish liberal from the Open-VLD party.

After the final list of Commissioners-designate is adopted, Juncker intends to announce the distribution of portfolios and the way he intends to organise the work of the next European Commission. This is not expected until mid-next week.

Belgium keeps Juncker waiting

  • 9 or 10 Sept. (expected): Junker to announce members and portfolios of the next Commission 
  • 1 Nov.: Mogherini to take on the role as the EU's High Representative.
  • 1 Dec.: Tusk to take on the role as Council President.
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SLOVENIA IS AGAINST ALENKA BRATUŠEK AS A CANDIDATE FOR THE COMMISSIONER! Alenka Bratušek is an outgoing Slovenian Prime Minister, who was ‘’very successful’’ in dismantling the economic and development potential of Slovenia in just one year. She as a Prime Minister has indebted Slovenia by € 12 billion in just one year!! Gross public debt per capita amounts to 14.000 € nowadays!! The unemployment is on a rise which pushes especially young highly educated people to search for job abroad. The economic growth is deteriorating and international competitiveness of Slovenia experienced a huge slump from the last year. In WEF (World Economic Forum) report (out today) competitiveness ranking (2014) Slovenia is on 70th position (out of 144 countries), which represents a fall by 8 positions in comparison to 2013. In short, economic, employment and well-being situation is Slovenia has deteriorated tremendously during the period of Alenka Bratušek as a Prime Minister of Slovenia.

And as a person Alenka Bratušek has no manners and no moral in climbing up the career and political ladder. Her English language is far from the proficiency level that is demanded for such a high post as a Commissioner’s. Her education is also not appropriate for any of posts she is interested in as a potential Commissioner (i.e. budget, regional, transport), namely her BA was in textile and her MSc in social science. Even more her Master thesis was prepared as a ‘’copy-paste’’, with no required citations; it was marked as ‘’ negligence’’. She represents a very bad role model for young people, especially young women how to succeed in a career: ruthlessness and backstabbing the opponents, using femininity instead of knowledge, arrogance and shamelessness (Alenka Bratušek put herself on a list of three candidates for Commissioner coming from Slovenia) instead of grace and respect.

In Slovenia there is a strong opposition to Alenka Bratušek as a candidate for the Commissioner coming from Slovenia. The petition against her you can find here (is in Slovenian language): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ustavimo-imenovanje-alenke-bratusek-z...

All honest, just, fair, hard working people of Slovenia don’t want ALENKA BRATUŠEK to be nominated as a Commissioner coming from Slovenia. STOP THAT WOMAN FOR THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE EU!