Dombrovskis ready to continue work on European Commission

  • 2023-08-29
  • LETA/TBT Staff

RIGA - Executive Vice President of the European Commission for An Economy that Works for People, Valdis Dombrovskis (New Unity) would be ready to continue work in the next European Commission if he is given the opportunity, he confirmed in an interview with Latvian Television on Tuesday.

There is a lot to do in the European Union regarding economic issues, the EU's Recovery and Resilience Facility, support for Ukraine, and Dombrovskis is ready to continue work if Latvia is offered such an opportunity in the next European Commission and if the government decides to put him forward, said Dombrovskis.

Dombrovskis was the top candidate on New Unity's ticket in the last two European Parliament elections. He was twice nominated and twice appointed to work on the European Commission. In Latvia, candidates to work on the European Commission are nominated by the prime minister. As reported, a new government is currently being formed by New Unity's Evika Silina.

In democracies, it is often considered good practice for one person not to serve more than two consecutive terms in office. There are different opinions being voiced at the moment whether New Unity will nominate Dombrovskis for the third time in a row, or the party could propose another candidate, such as outgoing Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins, a former European Parliament member. Edgars Rinkevics was also mentioned in this context before New Unity achieved his election as the president.

The next European Parliament elections are scheduled for June 2024, after which a new European Commission will also be appointed.