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The text is about the aftermath of Slovenia’s decision to withdraw former PM Alenka Bratusek as candidate to this office after she failed at her hearing in the European Parliament.
Ljubljana ten proposed Violeta Bulc, Slovenia’s Minister without portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion since September 19, to replace Bratusek.
“It is most unlikely that [EU Commission President-elect Jean-Claude] Juncker will designate her to be vice-president for energy union, which was the position that he had allocated to Bratusek, an ex-prime minister”, Dave Keating explains in a report titled “Start-date for Juncker hangs on reshuffle”.
MPs turned down the candidacy of Bratusek last week following what European Voice describes as a “disastrous performance” and “controversy over how she had been nominated”.
Bulc is to meet Juncker on Tuesday, with the President-elect due to decide afterwards whether or not to accept Slovenia’s new nomination.
Options to assign Energy Union to other candidates include Slovakia’s Maroš Šef?ovi? (originally envisaged for the transport portfolio), Germany’s Günther Oettinger (outgoing Energy Commissioner, now set to take over “Digital Agenda”) and Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva.
In the latter scenario, however, Juncker would have again to look for a Vice President candidate to replace Georgieva.
Margaritis Schinas, currently Juncker’s chief spokesperson, later said the President-elect has not discussed with Georgieva a potential change to her portfolio, but refused to confirm or deny plans for any reshuffles.
Schinas however confirmed Juncker is to hold an interview with Bulc on Tuesday afternoon.
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