They are women and they come from Bulgaria. And they are also very, very successful.
Both Bulgarian commissioners – Kristalina Georgieva and Meglena Kuneva, have earned the respect of their colleagues at the European Commission. Both of them have also been named European of the Year by European Voice.
Now Kristalina Georgieva was not only named European of the Year, but was also voted European commissioner of the year. This comes after a failure of the previous Bulgarian candidate, Rumyana Jeleva, during her hearing in the European Parliament.
So a natural question arises – why are both Bulgarian commissioners so effective given the fact that Bulgaria is the poorest and one of the most corrupt Member States?
Both Kristalina Georgieva and Meglena Kuneva are extraordinary personalities, for sure. But their promotion in the European Commission signifies the fact that Bulgaria does have qualified public officials that are capable of working hard on their agenda. The trouble is that Bulgarian politics do not encourage the promotion of such figures in the national government. At least now we know what we should be looking for.
I just watched the hearing of the new Bulgarian commissioner-designate, Kristalina Georgieva.
She was impeccable.
You can watch here the hearing of the new Bulgarian commissioner designate for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva.
The hearing will start at 12:30 Brussels time (13:30 Bulgarian time).
The vote for approval of the whole college of commissioners will probably be postponed for 9 February. The new Bulgarian commissioner designate, Kristalina Georgieva, will likely be heard in the European Parliament on 3 February.
Meanwhile the second hearing on Neelie Kroes -commissioner-designate for the Digital Agenda, has gone well. This means that probably the only replacement will be the Bulgarian Georgieva, and the Barroso II team will be approved.
The former commissioner designate, Mrs. Jeleva, will step down from her position as Bulgarian minister of foreign affairs.
Rumiana Jeleva has withdrawn her candidature for commissioner on international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response.
Kristalina Georgieva – a vice-president of the World Bank, may be the new commissioner designate.
In any case the approval vote for Barroso II will be postponed.