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2019.07.23 15:00

Lithuania ‘late’ in picking its EU commissioner, foreign minister says

BNS2019.07.23 15:00

Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius thinks that Lithuania is moving too slow in choosing its candidate to be a member of the next European Commission.

“I think we're late, but I've been talking about this for a long time now,” he told the radio Žinių Radijas on Tuesday.

According to the minister, the government has still not made any decisions about a particular candidate.

“I know that a selection process, discussions are underway. As far as I know, there's no final decision yet,” he told the radio station.

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Linkevičius said it was too early to speak about what portfolio Lithuania could get in the European Commission.

“It's too early to say what we could expect,” he said.

A candidate for the European Commission is to be nominated by the Lithuanian government and approved by the president.

Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis has said recently that Lithuania eyes a portfolio related to energy, economy or external border protection in the new European Commission, which will take office in the coming autumn.

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