Czech candidate for EU commissioner outlines portfolio preferences

11-11-2009

The Czech candidate for the new European commission, Štefan Füle, on Wednesday outlined his preferences as to which portfolio he would like to get. Mr Füle told the Chamber of Deputies’ European Affairs Committee that the portfolios that could be considered included energy, enlargement, regional policy, transport, environment and science and research. The Czech candidate said that he would personally prefer the energy or enlargement portfolios.

Mr Füle also rejected criticism by some MPs that his membership in the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and studies at the KGB-controlled Moscow Institute of International Relations in the 1980s disqualified him for a high-profile job in the European Commission.