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Cerar Wants Potočnik to Remain EU Commissioner



SMC president Miro Cerar said however that commissioner nomination was still in the hands of the incumbent government, outgoing Prime Minister Alenka Bratušek said today after a meeting focused on coalition talks.

The outgoing PM said that Slovenia could offer other candidates for the post and expressed disappointment that the most likely new PM did not pick a woman. She admitted however that Potočnik had political and professional experience for the job.

Bratušek is rumoured to be a potential commissioner candidate, while Karl Erjavec, the outgoing foreign minister and president of the Pensioners' Party (DeSUS) told the press today that he was a candidate for commissioner.

Before talking to Cerar in separate meetings, current coalition allies Bratušek and Erjavec met in the morning the president of the third coalition partner Social Democrats (SD), Dejan Židan.

The SD president said after the meeting that his party had reservations about the potential nomination of Bratušek and they do not want to comment on the potential candidacy of Erjavec.

Židan hopes that Slovenia will provide a name for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker by Friday.

Slovenia remains one of only five EU members that are yet to submit a name to Juncker. The STA has learnt from sources close to the European Commission that Juncker is to speak to Bratušek about the country's nomination shortly.


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