Bulgaria EU Commissioner Kuneva Picks EC over EP
The Bulgarian EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection, Meglena Kuneva, confirmed Friday she is continuing her work with the EC.
Kuneva spoke during a press conference at the Information Center of the European Commission in Bulgaria.
According to Kuneva, her staying until the end of her Commissioner term in October, would serve Bulgaria better than going into the European Parliament (EP).
On June 7 Kuneva was elected Member of the EP (MEP) on the ticket of the National Movement for Stability and Prosperity (NMSP) party. The NMSP of former Tsar and PM, Simeon Saxe-Coburg, suffered a crushing defeat in the July 5 general elections and failed to win any seat in the new General Assembly.
Kuneva announced she had appraised Bulgaria's PM-to-be, Boyko Borisov, informal leader of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party, which won the elections, of her decision and vowed to apply all possible effort to secure the EC support for the new cabinet. She said she also had talks about the new political situation in Bulgaria with the EC President, Jose Manuel Barroso, who was expecting to see a "strong Bulgaria in the EU."
"My decision is above any personal ambitions, interests or agenda," Kuneva stated.
Another motive voiced by Meglena Kuneva is that by giving up her Commissioner mandate, Bulgaria would not have a Commissioner in the EC for the entire month of September, leading to the weakening of the country's EC role at times when Bulgaria is expecting two crucial reports.
Kuneva congratulated Boyko Borisov with the clear victory and wished him to lead the country in the right direction.
Kuneva's decision automatically secures the EP seat for the third person on the NMSP MEP ballot - Stanimir Ilchev.
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