EU Liberals Frown On Bulgaria's Peevski MEP Nomination
European Liberals have distanced themselves from the controversial nomination of Bulgarian MP Delyan Peevski for the European Parliament elections.
Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), has failed to convince Bulgarian sister party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS) not to put Peevski in the lists for the upcoming European elections, EurActiv informs.
Media mogul Delyan Peevski, whose appointment as head of the national security service in June 2013 sparked nationwide outrage, was confirmed to be second in DPS party's EU Elections list.
Verhofstadt has tried to convince DPS leaders not to create tensions by nominating Peevski, according to EurActiv. The former Belgian Prime Minister, and current candidate of his political group to be the next Commission president, has delivered the message both in direct talks with Filiz Hyusmenova, a current MEP and bureau member of ALDE, and by phone with Lutfi Mestan, the DPS leader in Bulgaria.
Verhofstadt has reportedly said that if elected, Peevski should not count on any post such as head of European Parliament committee or delegation, and would be treated as a backbencher.
"If what he wants is parliamentarian immunity, that much he can obtain, but he will not get any prominence," an ALDE source told EurActiv.
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