WORLD Czech PM reiterates opposition to Timmermans for EU Commission president


Czech PM reiterates opposition to Timmermans for EU Commission president


21:41, July 02, 2019

BRUSSELS, July 2 (Xinhua) -- Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday reiterated his stance that Frans Timmermans is not fit to become the European Commission's next president.


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"Timmermans is not acceptable," Babis said upon arriving at the third day of a key European Union (EU) summit here, underlining his opposition to the Dutchman who reportedly had been proposed by France, Germany and Spain in last week's Group of 20 (G20) Osaka summit in Japan to head the European Commission.

According to Babis, leaders of the Visegrad group (V4) countries, namely Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, also opposed Timmermans being the nominee.

The EU meeting started on Sunday evening and leaders of the 28 EU member states pulled an all-nighter into Monday noon, failing to reach consensus on the nominees for the bloc's top positions.

"I'm afraid that this person is not really the right one to unite Europe ... because in the past we have a feeling that he was not very positive on our region," Babis said about Timmermans on Sunday.

The Czech Republic as well as Hungary and Poland have strongly opposed Timmermans, current first vice-president of the European Commission, because he was tough in implementing Brussels's vision of the rule-of-law in the region.  

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