Prague - The Czech Social Democrats (CSSD) have nominated former finance minister Pavel Mertlik for European Commissioner, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka told Novinky.cz news server today.
Sociální demokracie nominuje na post eurokomisaře bývalého ministra financí Pavla Mertlíka (na archivním snímku). Mertlík je v současnosti rektorem soukromého Bankovního institutu. ČTK Šulová Kateřina
Sobotka said Mertlik is a respected economist with big experience from both the public and private sectors.
Mertlik was finance minister in the CSSD government of Milos Zeman in 1999-2001. Then he was chief economist of Raiffeisenbank until 2012.
Now he is the rector of the private College of Banking, seated in Prague.
Sobotka said the Czech Republic has a good opportunity to win a post with a crucial portfolio in the European Commission.
The ANO movement of Finance Minister Andrej Babis, which is the favourite of the forthcoming election to the European Parliament, plans to nominate its EP election leader Pavel Telicka for EU commissioner.
Telicka was the main negotiator of the country's accession to the European Union and then first Czech EU commissioner, in 2004.