Slovak Finance Minister Peter Kažimír (Smer) has confirmed his interest in running for the post of chairman of the informal group of eurozone finance ministers. His bid is still not official. The vote is scheduled for December and is aimed at finding a replacement for Jeroen Dijsselbloem, with the new Eurogroup chief set to assume the post in January. Firstly, political consensus on the candidate should be reached.
“We are due to hold talks within the political family of socialists and social democrats, of which I’m a member,” said Kažimír as cited by the TASR newswire.
Politico magazine lists among his pros his EU presidency experience and the fact that he could help attract other central European countries to join the euro.
Politico also listed among other possible candidates Mario Centeno from Portugal, Dana Reizniece-Ozola from Latvia and Pierre Gramegna of Luxembourg.
Meanwhile, the European People’s Party, which is the strongest entity in the European Parliament, will not put forward a candidate, as it has already taken all the key posts in the EU.
6. Nov 2017 at 21:50 | Compiled by Spectator staff