Stanishev, Commissioner Georgieva 'Could Get' Foreign Affairs Office

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Bulgaria: Stanishev, Commissioner Georgieva 'Could Get' Foreign Affairs Office Kristalina Georgieva is a likely candidate for one of Europe's top jobs, the French journalist Nicolas Gros-Verheyde believes. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria has a chance to obtain the position of foreign policy chief in the EU Commission, an analysis by a French journalist shows.

Nicolas Gros-Verheyde, who has a number of articles on European affairs, foreign and security policy, believes Kristalina Georgieva, who is the outgoing Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aida and Crisis Response, would be a fine successor to Catherine Ashton.

Her name is also popular among European politicians as a person likely to become the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as the office is fully titled.

Being a candidate from a country located in the middle between the East and the Mediterranean, Georgieva could embody the "syncretism of what European politics has to be - turned to the South and the East at the same time," Gros-Verheyde believes.

He cites discussions among MEPs when saying that "smaller" countries now have the chance to receive the portfolio as the UK has become isolated after Prime Minister's David Cameron on conservative EU Commission President nominee Jean-Claude Juncker.

Verheyde adds that Georgieva "has the advantage of being modest in its approach, but also determined," a feature he calls "the most important quality of a High Representative [for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]".

In his words, she also "meets most of the criteria" to become a top diplomat.

Some Bulgarian media, however, see another name as more likely to take the post.

According to daily 24 Chasa, the re-election of Martin Schulz as European Parliament President enforces the positions of socialist leader Sergey Stanishev as president of the Party of European Socialists (PES).

It reminds that Stanishev was also pointed to lead talks with the European People's Party (EPP) in Parliament on the future European policies.

Stanishev, who resigned as a Bulgarian lawmaker in end-July to become MEP, is also reported to look as a plausible candidate in the view of his colleagues within the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP).

His chances for the foreign affairs office could be what explains the fact that he is still not elected to any other top position, 24 Chasa quotes MPs as saying without revealing their names.

Stanishev earlier described himself as a "serious political candidacy in terms of both expertise and political weight".

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Optimistic - 4 Jul 2014 // 15:09:35

The leading country in the EU for organised crime and corruption is Italy, in France it looks like their president is going on trial for corruption, Ireland has improved its GDP numbers by including organised crime in them. Bulgaria is not in this league.

So any Bulgarian candiates should be considered on their merits not because of fictional claims of organised crime and corruption.

Stanishev would be a great operator in Europe with his background, experience and by belonging to one of the largest political blocs in the EU.

peterperfect - 4 Jul 2014 // 08:04:55

Unfortunately any Bulgarian candidate of a certain age and who has been in politics for a number of years contaminated by the countries reputation of OC and corruption. Unfortunate for them who may be totally innocent and also for the organisation (EU) who may loose the experience of a talented candidate. The Bulgarian political classes should take note of this possibility, yet another reminder that OC and corruption is not tolerated in the majority of the EU.

Optimistic - 3 Jul 2014 // 23:26:10

South Stream will be great for Bulgaria, Russia and the EU as it will create a more reliable supply of gas.

So hopefully Stanishev will get a job so that he can make South Stream happen and bring work and money to Bulgaria.

Mat - 3 Jul 2014 // 23:00:31

If Stanishev gets the job it will be East working with East. South Stream is evidence enough of that.

Optimistic - 3 Jul 2014 // 14:47:00

Stanishev would be a great candiate for the Foreign Affairs Office. He is an experienced politician and former Prime Minister and he can get people working together plus his background as a Socialist born in the Ukraine when it was part of the USSR could enable him to work with East and West.

Mat - 3 Jul 2014 // 12:01:41

I somehow doubt the EU will give its top foreign affairs post to a man who is so close to the Russians

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