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Lauded Georgieva pledges to 'finish term as a Commissioner' dashing Bulgarian hopes of a Presidency bid

Monday, 9 May 2011
Commissioner Georgieva (left) visits an evacuation shelter in Tsukuba City in the Prefecture of Ibaraki, Japan (Photo: The Mission of Japan to the European UnionKristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response who recently became the first woman to top the most popular politicians' ranking in Bulgaria in 10 years, has today stated she does not intend to run in the Bulgarian presidential elections due in October.

Speaking this morning to Bulgaria’s Nova TV channel and consequently reported by Novinite, when asked about plans to join the presidential race, the Commissioner said “I have a lot of work to do and will definitely finish my term as European Commissioner”. As with the rest of the current Barroso II Commission, her mandate runs until 2014.

With numerous large-scale natural disasters occurring around the world since she took office, Ms Georgieva has been kept busy, and to date has been the only Commissioner who has proved effective in what is also a troubling time for the EU itself.

At the end of last year Ms Georgieva was awarded the titles of 'European of the Year' and even ‘Commissioner of the Year' by the European Voice newspaper, and attracted much praise when she boldly declared that any plans to politicise her department and restructure it under the purview of the External Action Service would take place ‘over my dead body’.

As a result, many back in her home country of Bulgaria have called for her to stand as a candidate in the upcoming presidential elections. But credited with considerable expertise in the development field from her previous job at the World Bank, Bulgaria’s loss is most certainly Brussels’ (and the EU’s) gain. But let us not forget that Ms Georgieva was not meant to be a Commissioner; she had to be hastily called upon to step in at the last minute after MEPs rejected the Bulgarian government's first candidate, Rumiana Jeleva back in January 2010.

The good news has come on the same day that Europe celebrates the 61st anniversary of the Schuman Declaration – a historic speech that outlining the principles of European cooperation and gave birth to the European Union as we know it today.

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