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A change in the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans comes after both EU Romania and Estonia wrote to Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne expressing their desire to continue to be represented in Brussels.
Estonia’s Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Romania’s European Commissioner Corina Cretu stepped down after being elected to the European Parliament. Romania’s Prime Minister Viorica Dancila wrote that following the resignation Cretu that Romania wanted an interim member on the European Commission for the remainder of the current Commission mandate.
MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu‘s name has been floated by Dancila as her choice to serve as Romania’s interim representative.
Estonian Prime Minister Juri Ratas put forward Kadri Simson as Tallinn’s choice to fill Ansip’s position and urged the Finnish rotating presidency of the Council of the EU to “launch the necessary procedures for her nomination at the earliest opportunity”.
Before the EU Council’s decision to allow member states to move forward with their candidates, Juncker had reassigned Ansip’s digital single market role to Vice-president Maros Sefcovic, Commissioner for Energy, whereas Cretu’s Regional Policy portfolio was given to the Austrian-born Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn.
Simson is set to remain as a Commissioner to the incoming College of the current candidate for Juncker’s position, Ursula von der Leyen.