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PM Babiš: We can offer two female candidates to the EC

The Czech Republic can offer two female candidates for the post of EU commissioner, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš (ANO) stated on Facebook without specifying their names. The PM is yet to discuss the nominations with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš wrote in his Facebook page that the Czech Republic could offer two female candidates to the European Commission, but did not specify their names. 

On Monday before the government meeting, however, Environment Minister Richard Brabec (ANO) spoke of current EU Commissioner Věra Jourová and MEP for ANO Dita Charanzová as the two possible nominees.

PM Babiš wants to discuss the Czech nominations with EC President Ursula von der Leyen, whom he asked to meet in person. Babiš has already talked to von der Leyen on the phone. "I explained to her exactly which portfolio we are interested in and what two candidates we could offer," he wrote.

According to the PM, the head of the next commission wants each member country to submit two nominees to the European Commission, at least one of them being a woman. Von der Leyen had previously stated that she wanted men and women to be equally represented in “her” Commission.

After the European Parliamentary elections, Babiš said that the current European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, will be the candidate for ANO to the Commission. Later in the ANO movement, there were opinions that Dita Charanzová could be pushed through the EC as well, but she stated that her position as Vice-President of the European Parliament is her priority.

The government is yet to discuss the nominations of the Czech Republic, and in the case Charanzová prefers the prestigious post in the European Parliament, the ČSSD is ready to propose its own candidate, according to the statement of the party's Chairman Jan Hamáček.

PM Babiš also said on Sunday that the deadline for nominating the Czech candidates for the EC is August 26th.

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