Czech government approves minister Jourova´s EC candidature


24.07.2014 21:30

Prague - The Czech government approved Local Development Minister Vera Jourova´s (ANO) candidature for European commissioner at its extraordinary meeting today, Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka (Social Democrats, CSSD) said.


Kandidátka české vlády na eurokomisařku a ministryně pro místní rozvoj Věra Jourová z hnutí ANO vystoupila 21. července v Praze na tiskové konferenci. ČTK Krumphanzl Michal

The government will now send the candidature to Brussels to new Euroepan Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The three government coalition parties, the CSSD, ANO and the Christian Democrats (KDU-CSL), agreed on Jourova, 49, ANO´s first deputy chairwoman, after a long search for a common candidate, on Monday.

On Wednesday, the European affaris committee of the Chamber of Deputies supported her.

The CSSD was originally pushing through former finance minister Pavel Mertlik (CSSD), but it eventually gave way in exchange for agreement on raising money for social services and a quicker growth in minimum wage next year.

The government coalition also chose Jourova in order to raise Czech chances of acquiring a reasonable portfolio.

Juncker must have minimally nine women on his commission, which is the same number as on the current one, otherwise the European Parliament (EP) might not approve the body´s new lineup.

Prague would like to acquire the regional development portfolio for Jourova and it also speaks about inter-institutional relations, transport and industry.

Jourova, an expert on European funds, prefers regional develpment.

Jourova will have an introductory meeting with Juncker in early August and she should learn which portfolio she will be in charge of by the summer holiay´s end.

At the end of September she will be "grilled" by MEPs of the relevant committee.

If she is given the green light and the EP approves the whole commission, Jourova will assume the commission post in early November.

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