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2019.07.31 17:50

Lithuania's EC nominee can be a woman, PM says

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says Lithuania may nominate either a man or a woman as its candidates for the European Commission, contradicting earlier comments of his party's leader.

“Lithuania has female and male candidates, and we have to contribute to these [gender equality] solutions, but this shouldn't be a problem solely of Lithuania,” Skvernelis told reporters on Wednesday.

Asked whether it was possible for Lithuania to nominate a female candidate, he said “It is.”

The prime minister's comment came after Ramūnas Karbauskis, the leader of the ruling Farmers and Greens Union, said that Lithuania was not considering delegating a woman to the new European Commission.

Under the law, Lithuania's candidate is to be nominated by the government and approved by the president and the parliament.

The term of Vytenis Andriukaitis, the European Commission's Lithuanian member in charge of health and food safety, will end next autumn.