Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«The fact that Merkel had called Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and asked for the support of the PiS EU parliamentarians, didn’t remain secret for long either»
«Now that outgoing German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been narrowly elected as the next president of the European Commission, she will have to figure out how to build bridges between the Continent’s antagonistic member states and the political camps in the European Parliament»
«No, Ursula von der Leyen says, no promises were made to the governments of Poland, Hungary or Italy to secure votes from those countries’ members in the European Parliament»
«No special posts in her commission, no financial promises in the next multi-year budget, nothing like that»
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Dopo le parole, i fatti, ed il PiS è stato di parola.
«I think this portfolio is so important for Poland that it should go to someone who has been dealing with agriculture their whole life»
«Szczerski suggested the candidacy of Janusz Wojciechowski, and Warsaw later confirmed that it has nominated Wojciechowski to be a commissioner»
«Von der Leyen wants Poland to have agriculture portfolio»
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Pacta servanda sunt.
Krzysztof Szczerski, who was originally appointed as Poland’s candidate for the next European Commission, withdrew himself from consideration Monday after a meeting with President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, after she proposed that the country get the agriculture portfolio.
“I think this portfolio is so important for Poland that it should go to someone who has been dealing with agriculture their whole life,” he said on Polish radio RMF FM.
Szczerski suggested the candidacy of Janusz Wojciechowski, and Warsaw later confirmed that it has nominated Wojciechowski to be a commissioner.
When earlier this month Szczerski met von der Leyen, they discussed the portfolio on infrastructure and regional policy. “They were areas of my interest and expertise,” he said. Poland has always stressed it wants to get an “economic” portfolio.
Wojciechowski is a lawyer, currently a Polish auditor in the European Court of Auditors. He comes from the Polish countryside and was a member, and for some time the leader, of Polskie Stronnictwo Ludowe, or the Polish Peasants’ Party (PSL). Before he joined the court, he was an MEP from the Law and Justice (PiS) party list.
He also served as vice president of the European Parliament’s agriculture committee.
This article has been updated with Janusz Wojciechowski’s official nomination.