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Coalition: Urbáni is not our joint candidate for EU Commissioner

ĽS-HZDS vice-chair Milan Urbáni is not the joint coalition candidate for the post of EU commissioner, it was announced after the government session on October 20.

ĽS-HZDS vice-chair Milan Urbáni is not the joint coalition candidate for the post of EU commissioner, it was announced after the government session on October 20.

"There isn't any candidate from any political party for the post of EU Commissioner," Prime Minister and Smer-SD chairman Robert Fico said, adding that it is usual for names to pop up in the media so that the public reaction can be observed.

SNS leader Ján Slota stated that each member of the coalition will probably nominate its own candidate, from whom the three parties will then choose, the TASR news agency wrote. Milan Urbáni said on October 19 that he was interested in becoming a commissioner. According to him, HZDS has nominated him for the post and he has accepted the offer.

Urbáni currently holds the post of chairman of the parliamentary committee for European affairs. He hasn't said so far which sphere he would like to oversee in the European Commission.

"The important point now is who will be there on Slovakia's behalf," he said.

At the moment, Slovakia is represented at the European Commission by Ján Figeľ (Christian Democrats/KDH), who is in charge of education, training, culture and youth. Urbani could replace him following the elections to the European Parliament in June. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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