EU's Rehn wants 'meaningful' role in new Commission

EU'a enlargement chief Rehn has said he wants to stay on in the executive European Commission for its next five-year term.

EU's Rehn wants 'meaningful' role in new Commission

The European Union's enlargement chief Olli Rehn has said he wants to stay on in the executive European Commission for its next five-year term with a "meaningful" foreign policy or economic portfolio.

Some diplomats mention Rehn, now the EU enlargement commissioner, as a candidate for the powerful new post of the bloc's foreign policy high representative, but the Finn declined to throw his hat into the ring publicly.

"I am very motivated to continue in the service of Europe. I would prefer to have a meaningful portfolio in the area of foreign policy or economic policy. It covers several options," Rehn told Reuters in an interview.

The post of EU foreign policy supremo will be created by the bloc's Lisbon Treaty, which is due to take effect once the Czech Republic ratifies it.

Asked if he had his eyes on the job, Rehn said:

"It is still too early to take any firm stance on this issue.Of course I would like to use my experience in the EU in the next Commission, to help the EU to improve its standing and reinforce its common foreign and security policy."

Brussels diplomats say candidates for the post also include Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, French member of the European Parliament Michel Barnier, former Austrian foreign minister Ursula Plassnik, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and British former EU commissioner Chris Patten.

Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Ekim 2009, 00:52
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