Bulgaria's Jeleva Nominated for 2nd Term as EPP Vice President

Bulgaria in EU | October 17, 2012, Wednesday // 11:06|  views

Rumiana Jeleva has been nominated for a second term in office as Vice Chair of the European People’s Party (EPP) by Bulgaria’s center-right ruling party GERB. Photo by BGNES

Former Foreign Minister and failed EU Commissioner-Designate Rumiana Jeleva has been nominated by center-right party GERB for a second term in office as Vice Chair of the European People's Party (EPP).

Her bid is to be voted at the 21st EPP congress in Bucharest taking place on October 17-18, according to reports of the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR).

Jeleva was appointed EPP Vice President in December 2009, just one month before the failed EC hearing.

In January 2010, Jeleva's confirmation hearing as Bulgaria's nominee for European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response fell through as she failed to answer questions regarding allegations over her financial interests and demonstrated insufficient competence in the areas she was to oversee.

GERB was expected to nominate one of its MEPs for EPP Vice President, the top contenders being Andrey Kovachev and Maria Gabriel.

After it emerged that Bulgaria's center-right ruling party had submitted Jeleva's nomination with the EPP Group Secretariat, Kovachev and Gabriel refused to comment.

The EPP also refused feedback, saying that the procedure was confidential.

The EPP said it could not reveal the number of candidates or their names, adding that they would be officially announced at the 21st Congress.

On Thursday, the delegates are to vote for 10 new Vice Chairs.

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Tags: Rumiana Jeleva, European People's Party (EPP), Vice President, EU Commissioner, GERB, MEPs, center-right party, Andrey Kovachev


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