News

2019.06.05 11:30

Poland will not support Grybauskaitė to replace Tusk, according to Polish media

LRT.lt2019.06.05 11:30

Poland would not support Dalia Grybauskaitė to replace Donald Tusk as the head of the European Council, a major Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita wrote on Tuesday.

Unnamed sources told Rzeczpospolita’ Anna Slojewska that Dalia Grybauskaitė is considered too individualistic, which prevents her from “becoming the region’s candidate”.

Grybauskaitė fits all other criterias, however, “she has been a member of the European Council for eight years, a former European Commissioner, and a woman candidate from Central and Eastern Europe”.

“But no one is offering her the post, and the Visegrad group, whose opinion Tusk had to ask, is against” the nomination, sources told Rzeczpospolita.

Donald Tusk, head of the European Council, is due to announce on June 20-21 five candidates for EU’s top jobs – head of the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, European Central Bank and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius believes the Polish daily's claims about non-support for Grybauskaitė are untrue.

"First, I have not heard about this. Second, I think it's not true," he told journalists in Vilnius on Wednesday.

Grybauskaitė has recently refused to speak about her chances of landing a top EU job.