Šefčovič: I have not considered running for president yet

Vice-president of the European Commission discusses presidential run, Brexit, and the new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Vice-president of the European Commission Maroš ŠefčovičVice-president of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič(Source: Sme - Gabriel Kuchta)

In the interview, vice-president of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovič, reveals whether he will run for Slovak president in 2019,

- how he feels about Slovakia's failed bid for the European Medicines Agency (EMA),

- and whether he will stop the project of new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2.

Sme: Prime Minister Robert Fico can imagine you as a candidate for president. Can you imagine this?

Maroš Šefčovič (MŠ): If your name, or the name of any other person gets into such a debate, you have to appreciate it. But for me, it was a huge surprise -a completely new idea, as I have not talked about it with anybody.

Instead, I envisioned increasing the turnout for the European parliamentary elections as my role. You know, if the turnout was similar or lower than in the past election, either extremist, strongly anti-EU, or anti-establishment parties could make it to the political foreground.

Read more: -Does Sefcovic already have a mandate to negotiate in their name the new gas pipeline Nord Stream 2? Can this gas pipeline be stopped? Will Nord Stream operate the way in which Eustream or Net4Gaz operate?

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