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Belgium nominates Marianne Thyssen as European Commissioner

English.news.cn   2014-09-04 19:55:43

BRUSSELS, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Marianne Thyssen has been nominated by the Belgian government to serve as the country's next European Commissioner.

Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo contacted the new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and the European Council President Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday to officially put forward the nomination, according to a statement by the prime minister's office.

Thyssen is a former member of the European Parliament and a former president of the CD&V party. According to European sources, it is likely she will be given the portfolio dealing with multilingualism and skills.

In related political news, it has been announced that the new Belgian prime minister will come from the liberal party MR.

Charles Michel from the French-speaking MR party, who is one of two men leading negotiations on the formation of the government, is currently the front-runner for the position, according to local media.

Elections were held in Belgium on May 25. On July 22, King Philip instructed Michel and Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters to open negotiations on forming a government.

Editor: Shen Qing
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