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Former Latvia PM eyes top EU job

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Former Latvia PM eyes top EU job


Latvia’s former prime minister says he wants to be the next president of the European Commission.

Valdis Dombrovskis told euronews that he wants to be the centre-right EPP’s top candidate for the job.

He said: “I believe that there is also another aspect of this crisis, which is competiveness and that we need to concentrate now much more on those competitiveness issues, because you cannot sustain high levels of prosperity without high levels of competitiveness.”

The ex-Latvian premier faces competition from the former prime minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker AND
EU Internal Market commissioner Michel Barnier of France.

Dombrovskis added: “I think that we need more Europe on big things and less Europe on small things, that Europe should really concentrate on those issues where we can get really clear added value, and being less active on relatively small bureaucratic issues which is the EU is sometimes even too much associated with.”

Treaties say the final decision on top EU jobs rests with member states.

Leaders only have to “take into account” the results of May’s European election.

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