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Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva resign from the European Commission

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© European Union , 2016 / Source: EC – Audiovisual Service / Photo: Georges Boulougouris

“It is with great regret that I have accepted Kristalina Georgieva’s decision to resign from the European Commission, – President Jean-Claude Juncker said.  

“The fact that she has been asked to take a leading role in the World Bank is an acknowledgment and recognition of Kristalina Georgieva’s many talents and her professionalism. I sincerely congratulate her on this new role. Kristalina Georgieva has been an excellent Vice-President during the first two years of the Commission which I have the honour to preside. I have always been glad to rely on her determination to deliver, her strategic advice and her friendship. Kristalina Georgieva is an experienced politician for whom I have great respect and I want to thank her for her loyal and committed work as Vice-President of the European Commission. She will be greatly missed”.

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society, to succeed Kristalina Georgieva in her portfolio. After the current Vice-Presidents, Günther H. Oettinger is the first Commissioner in seniority and protocol order in the Commission.

Georgieva decision to leave her high ranking job followed in afterath of a failed attempt to become the UN Secretary general, turned into bitter rivary with her compatriot UNESCO’s chief Irina Bokova.

Georgieva considered international press to  play a role in her downfall, being unfair. She has already threatened some of Brussels publications and individual journalistis  with lawsuits.

Anna Van Densky

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