Secretary of State Leonard Orban named after Varujan Vosganian withdraws over damaging allegations.
The Romanian government has made a new proposal for a commissioner candidate. According to news agency Mediafax, Secretary of State Leonard Orban has been nominated. Orban served as Romania’s chief negotiator with the EU and is well known in EU institutions.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Mihai Ungureanu had refused a nomination by Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu, while previous candidate Varujan Vosganian withdrew his candidacy on 28 October 2006, due to allegations concerning his past involvement with the secret police under Ceaucescu and party financing by a tycoon (see EURACTIV, 27 October 2006). Vosganian told the Romanian press that the accusations were baseless, but added that they “could damage Romania’s image”.
The new candidate is to be formally announced shortly, according to Romanian media reports. Commission President José Manuel Barroso will meet with Orban for further consultations.
Read an interview with Leonard Orban by EURACTIV.ro here (in Romanian).
EU official documents
- RapidAccession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU: the appointment procedure for the two new Commissioners(25 October 2006)
- RapidPresident Barroso presents the Commissioner designate for Bulgaria(26 October 2006)
- BBCRomanian senator withdraws EU bid(29 October 2006)
- International Herald TribuneRomanian premier makes new nomination for EU Commissioner(29 October 2006)
- Sofia News AgencyRomanian PM Makes New Proposal for Brussels Job(29 October 2006)
- MediafaxSecretary Of State Leonard Orban Is Romania’s New Candidate For EC Job -Sources(30 October 2006)
- Les EchosBucarest propose Leonard Orban à Bruxelles comme commissaire européen(30 October 2006)
- Wiener ZeitungRumänien muss neuen Kandidaten für EU-Kommission präsentieren(29 October 2006)