EU Commissioner Georgieva drops out of unofficial race to be Bulgaria’s nominee for UN chief

EU Commissioner Georgieva drops out of unofficial race to be Bulgaria’s nominee for UN chief

Sofia, February 8, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Bulgaria’s Kristalina Georgieva, European Commission vice-president for the EU budget and human resources, appears to have dropped out of the unofficial race to be the country’s nominee to succeed Ban Ki-moon as the next United Nations Secretary-General.

A brief statement on the website of the Bulgarian government on February 8 2016 said that Georgieva had spoken by phone with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov, and had assured him that the political situation in Europe, the migration crisis, the discussion on reforms in the EU and serious issues still to be resolved in her portfolio obliged her “to pay full attention to the topics on which she had received the confidence of the Bulgarian Government, the European Parliament and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker”.

The statement by the Bulgarian government – which made no mention of the context, of the possibility of Georgieva being nominated as a candidate to head the UN – appears to leave the way open for the nomination of Irina Bokova, currently in her second term as head of UNESCO.