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POLAND: Warsaw's EC candidates

In an interview, PiS MEP Zdzisław Kranodębski provided his party’s shortlist of European Commissioner candidates, including Entrepreneurship Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Investment Minister Jerzy Kwieciński and Secretary of State for European Affairs Konrad Szymański. Krasnodębski further stated that he hopes these candidates will not be discarded by the EU due to ideological reasons.

The candidates do not come as a surprise – their names have previously been circulated by experts and commentators. Certain voices from Brussels indicate that EU leaders would be willing to accept the nomination of a less political, but more technical candidate. The ultimate decision, however, will depend on many variables including the policy sector proposed by EC President Ursula von der Leyen, the internal situation within PiS, the party’s strategy and personnel requirements for the upcoming general election. PiS’ candidates will still have to face hearings in the European Parliament where references will emerge related to the conflict between Warsaw and Brussels concerning adherence to the rule of law. Therefore, the ruling party’s candidate for the commissioner is not likely to be associated with front-line politics or previously involved in the back-and-forth concerning the judiciary reforms in Poland.