Barroso silent on NATO top job race

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European Commission President José Manuel Barroso declined to comment on if he has plans to be the next NATO Secretary General. Barroso was asked if he is interested in the top job at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization during the presentation of a Commission proposal to boost efficiency in the European defence industry.
“This communication has nothing to do with my future. It has to do with the present of the European Commission that has decided to give its contribution to what is an extremely important action at European level. So any kind of linkage between this communication and what I can or not do in the future is simply a speculation,” Barroso said.
The NATO top job will be for grabs after July 2014, when the mandate of current Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, a former Danish prime minister, expires.

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