Farmers and Greens propose Economy Minister Sinkevičius for European Commission

Virginijus Sinkevicius
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The chairman of the Lithuanian Farmers and Greens Union told reporters at the Seimas on July 25 morning that the Farmers and Greens had elected their candidate for the European Commission. The party supports the nomination of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, Virginijus Sinkevičius. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the party, lrytas.lt reported.

‘The political group supports Mr Sinkevičius’ candidacy unanimously. Our political will of the Farmers and Greens’ group and I think of the party as a whole is that Mr Sinkevičius should be nominated as a European Commissioner,’ the Farmers and Greens leader said.

He has so far been reluctant to comment on the plan as to whether the Ministry of Economy and Innovations would be handed over to the “Order and Justice” party. The party did not receive a ministerial portfolio after the coalition talks so far.

“I can’t answer that question right now,” Karbauskis said. ‘He (Sinkevičius) is among those discussed, named. We said that we, most likely, will not vote for any other candidate in the Seimas,” said the Farmers and Greens leader.

What Lithuania should get in the European Commission?

When asked if it was already evident what kind of European Commissioner portfolio is being offered to Lithuania, Mr Karbauskis explicitly stated. “One of the suggestions is innovation.”

“The position of our country is not yet clear, but we have expressed the political will,” he said. “The competences of Sinkevičius are evident in his work, and he is successfully managing the Ministry. I hope that his work will be very successful in the European Commission as well,” said the Farmers and Greens leader.

The names of the three candidates mentioned in the media. Among them are ministers – V. Sinkevičius, as well as Minister of Justice Elvinas Jankevičius and Minister of Energy Žygimantas Vaičiūnas.

During his visit to Riga on Tuesday, President Gitanas Nausėda said that there were three candidates, but one would be named later.

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