Contest continues over who will be Bulgaria’s next European Commissioner

In parallel with the saga of deciding a date for Bulgaria’s early parliamentary elections is that of “formulating clear principles and rules for nominating the Bulgarian EU Commissioner”.

At consultations scheduled to be held on June 27, the leaders of the four political party groups in the National Assembly have the task of coming up with the long-awaited date for ahead-of-term national parliamentary elections. Even if they achieve that, amid the current acrimony, it is an open question how far they will get on the question of the European Commissioner.

After the decisive defeat of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, current holder of the mandate to govern, in May 25 European Parliament elections, centre-right opposition GERB insisted that the current cabinet had no moral right to appoint the commissioner.

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