EU Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva plans to run for the job of UN Secretary-General, to replace Ban Ki-moon, whose second term expires on 31 December 2016, EurActiv reports.
Rumours that Georgieva, the Bulgarian Commission member, was interested in the UN job, have been circulating for a while.
Margaritis Schinas, spokesperson for Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, set the record straight. Asked by EurActiv yesterday (2 November) to comment if Georgieva has informed Juncker of her intention to campaign for UN Secretary General, and if the two have discussed the issue, Schinas said:
"The President and Ms Georgieva discussed the possibility that this issue may arise, but for the moment, Vice-President Georgieva is focused on her current job. The President has great admiration for the international experience, negotiation skills and tremendous work capacity of Ms Georgieva, who is giving the President invaluable support in managing the European Commission in challenging times."
Georgieva is likely to face intense, international competition for the job, and she knows that her compatriot, Irina Bokova, who currently leads the United Nations largest agency UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is the Buglaria's official candidate. And she of course knows that the Bulgarian government cannot nominate both.