Barták discounts Lidové noviny EU commissioner story as speculative

01-11-2009

Deputy prime minister and Minister of Defence Martin Barták has discounted reports from Saturday that former politician Vladimír Dlouhý is being considered as a candidate for the post of Czech EU commissioner. Mr Barták called the report, which featured in Lidové noviny, “speculation” and said Mr Dlouhý’s name had not been discussed. The caretaker government, led by Prime Minister Jan Fischer, wants the political parties to agree on a joint-candidate, something that the two largest parties the Civic and Social Democrats have not been able to do. Mr Barták warned on Sunday that if a consensus was not reached, the government would have to take the matter into its own hands. The prime minister himself warned earlier that the government could opt for a “wild card” nominee.