MEP Siegfried Muresan urges Gov’t to negotiate a position of EC Vice-President

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Romanian MEP Siegfried Muresan (PNL/EPP) urges the Government to negotiate a position of European Commission Vice-President, given the favourable context for a successful demarche.

“Romania has the chance to get a very important portfolio in the next European Commission, given the favourable context for our country,” says Siegfried Muresan, recently elected Vice-President of the European People’s Party (EPP), winner of the EP election on May 26.

“We notice that this week, for every important position with the European Union the candidates have been designated by the older members, from Western Europe. Germany received the EC Presidency, Belgium – the Presidency of the European Council, Italy – Presidency of the European Parliament, France – the management of the European Central Bank and Spain – the position of High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. If voted by the European Parliament, the designated President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, will have to balance the geographical presence within the EC, i.e. to grant important portfolios to the Eastern European countries. The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, stressed yesterday the need for Eastern Europe to receive key positions at European level,” Muresan says on Friday in a release for ziare.com.

He reminds that starting with the EU enlargement towards Eastern Europe on May 1, 2014, the countries in this region have hold Vice-President positions with the European Commission (Estonia – 3 times, Slovakia – 2 times, Bulgaria and Latvia – once).

The Liberal MEP says the context is favourable for Romania – “Romania did not have a Vice-President position with the EC, although it is the second biggest country in the East – this tells the Government to negotiate a position of EC Vice-President.”

“Important positions for Romania at European level can be obtained,” Siegfried Muresan argues.

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