Bulgaria's Georgieva to Be Appointed EU Budget Commissioner - Report

Bulgaria in EU | September 1, 2014, Monday // 14:48|  views

EU International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner, Bulgarian Kristalina Georgieva during a statement on new EU funding for Iraq, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 12 August 2014. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Kristalina Georgieva, outgoing EU Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, is likely to be appointed Budget Commissioner in the next EC panel, according to sources close to the matter.

Citing Bulgarian sources speaking on condition of anonymity, news portal Euractiv suggests that Georgieva will be awarded the budget portfolio.

The publication also mentions the forecast of former socialist MEP Ivaylo Kalfin that Georgieva will be appointed EC Vice President in charge of the budget portfolio.

Georgieva, a strong nominee for the post of EU foreign policy chief, failed to win the post as Italy's Federica Mogherini was appointed High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs on Saturday, replacing Catherine Ashton.

In a Sunday interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Georgieva commented that she did not regret the fact that she had not won the post of EU foreign policy chief.

She said that she was aware of what her responsibilities in the next EC panel would be but refused to disclose details prior to the official announcement of EC President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker.

Georgieva, however, listed several options for her portfolio, including environment and climate, budget, transport and energy, adding that they were the most suitable ones in view of her professional experience.

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Tags: Jean-Claude Juncker, EC President, EU Commissioner, European Commission, Kristalina Georgieva, Federica Mogherini


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