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Latvian coalition decides to nominate Dombrovskis for European Commissioner

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The outgoing European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue, Valdis Dombrovskis

As Latvia selects its candidate for the post of the member of the European Commission, coalition parties have reached an agreement to nominate current Vice President of the European Union’s executive body Valdis Dombrovskis.

After a deal reached at a cooperation meeting of government parties on Monday, June 10, Latvian Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš (New Unity) stated to reporters that at a government level the issue would be viewed in a sitting on Tuesday, June 11.

Dombrovskis is a former Latvian Bank economist, a former Finance Minister and a Prime Minister in the tough economic crisis years from 2009 to 2010. In May 2019, he was elected to represent Latvia in the European Parliament.

His fellow party member, Prime Minister Kariņš explained to reporters that the outgoing President of the European Commission Jean Claude-Juncker had personally asked Kariņš not to call Dombrovskis back from Brussels before his term as the European Commission Vice-President for the Euro and Social Dialogue ends.

«This is being substantiated by the fact that a short-term substitute of in the post of the Vice President of the European Commission would cost over a million euros to European tax payers, as this position means a life-time pension etc,» Kariņš stated.

The Latvian Prime Minister added: «Juncker also said that he could do without many European commissioners, but he couldn’t do without Dombrovskis».


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