2019.07.26 17:00

Horse-trading over EU commissioner discredits selection process, Lithuanian president says 2019.07.26 17:00

Disagreements between  Seimas and the government over Lithuania's future representative at the European Commission discredits the whole selection process and undermining negotiating possibilities, President Gitanas Nausėda said on Friday.

"The horse-trading over a European commissioner candidate, the misunderstanding between Seimas, the government and its leader is not only slowing, but is also discrediting the selection process," Nauseda said in a statement.

His comment came in response to the existing situation when the ruling Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union proposed Economy and Innovation Minister Virginijus Sinkevičius for the position earlier this week, but Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said the decision had not been coordinated with him.

The president called for active diplomatic actions without any delay, so that Lithuania gets the best European commission post matching the country and the whole EU's interests. Nausėda also said he's ready to coordinate the process.

A candidate for European commissioner is proposed by the government upon the president and Seimas' approval.

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