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The Paradoxical Success of Bulgarian Commissioners

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.



What Commission Porftolio for Rumiana Jeleva?

Bulgarian foreign minister Rumiana Jeleva is the Bulgarian candidacy for commissioner at the European Commission. Prime Minister Boyko Borisov announced that the Bulgarian government is negotiating for the energy portfolio in the next Commission. This also means that the current Bulgarian commissioner, Meglena Kuneva, will probably not be appointed in the next Commission college.

However, sources in the European Commission cited by Dnevnik and novinite.com say that Bulgaria is not an example of success in the energy sector, the Bulgarian nominee lacks any experience in energy issues, the current Energy Commissioner, Andris Peilbags, is likely to keep the post and if not, other countries such as France, the Netherlands, and Poland are also lobbying for the position.

This leaves open the question what portfolio is available for Mrs. Jeleva at the moment. Diplomatic sources have criticized the approach of announcing in advance candidacies and possible portfolios.

As Ole Ryborg recently pointed out, the Brussels power play is a lot more sophisticated than it looks from the outside. A lot is needed to convince other Member States and the Commission President in the value of a candidacy to the portfolio in question. We should also keep in mind that approval hearings at the European Parliament have become quite demanding lately. The Treaty of Lisbon is having its impact on the negotiations, too.

Kuneva Stays in the Commission

Meglena Kuneva has declared that she will keep her post as a commissioner until October, thus leaving her seat as an elected MEP.

She denied that she has received support by future Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov for a second mandate in the European Commission.

Kuneva Not a Commissioner?

Euractiv reports that the winner in the parliamentary elections in Bulgaria Boyko Borissov, has said yesterday that current Bulgarian EU Commissioner Meglena Kuneva will be a member of the European Parliament, not a commissioner.

Euractiv says that Borissov is widely expected to nominate Rumiana Jeleva as Bulgaria’s commissioner.