Juncker to meet Cretu today to discuss Romania’s European portfolio


The incoming EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker decided that out the two Romanian candidates for the commissioner position to have talks only with PSD MEP Corina Cretu, even if the first option of Bucharest was Dacian Ciolos, according to a European source quoted by Mediafax.
On the other hand, in Romania the opposition is contesting Cretu’s nominalization for the position mentioned above. ACL allegedly sent a letter to the European leaders which states that her nominalization has been made “illegally”, Realitatea TV informed yesterday.
The information regarding Cretu’s proposition has been released a couple of days ago by Gandul daily quoting sources in Brussels, according to whom Cretu would receive the Regional Policy portfolio, a very important portfolio, for which Cretu has no experience. Cretu will supposedly be managing the cohesion policy and European funds.
Dacian Ciolos, the Romanian Commissioner who has managed the European portfolio with the largest budget, respectively Agriculture, is now out of books for the future European executive.
According to EUObserver, incoming EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has started on Tuesday meeting the nominees for his 28-strong college, but gender balance continues to be a problem. Juncker has promised better jobs to female commissioners, as “compensation” for being outnumbered by their male colleagues. So far only Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Poland, Slovenia and Sweden have nominated women. But several other countries – Cyprus, Malta and Romania – have a woman as a plan B candidate.
Yesterday PM Victor Ponta stated that, after long and complicated negotiations he obtained for Romania the Regional Development portfolio, “the most important portfolio in the EC”, and that president Traian Basescu had enough sense to not further comment on this issue in May. The previous day, Ponta said that until European Commission President-designate Jean Claude Juncker decides what Commissioner portfolio Romania gets and who this specific person will be, he will make no comment on the subject, and termed swipes at any potential Commissioner of Romania as “irresponsible and even vile”.
The statement comes in response to highly reliable reports that PSD MEP Corina Cretu received the confirmation of European Commission President-designate Jean-Claude Juncker as Romania’s proposition for European Commissioner, thus benching current Commissioner for Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos. Reports on this move caused quite a stir in the Romanian political milieu.