Lithuanian PM regrets over division of EU top posts

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-04 03:26:11|Editor: yan
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VILNIUS, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis expressed on Wednesday his regrets over the European Union leaders' picks for the EU's top jobs.

Skvernelis told local media he regrets that the EU leaders haven't chosen the candidates from Central and Eastern Europe for any of the "important" EU top positions.

In his words, the geographical balance in EU's politics has been neglected.

"In this case it is clear that geographical balance has not been maintained," Skvernelis was quoted as saying by news agency BNS.

On Tuesday, EU leaders agreed to pick German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen to become the President of the European Commission, Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel for the seat of the European Council and Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell for EU foreign policy chief.

"However, a compromise has been reached, it was swift, and most importantly a result has been achieved," said Skvernelis.

Skvernelis noted the country's President Dalia Grybauskaite didn't coordinate her position with him during EU leaders' negotiations on top EU jobs.

The Lithuanian prime minister said the country would propose its candidate to the European Commission as soon as the European Parliament approved the candidacy of Ursula von der Leyen.

"We hope to propose the best candidate and to get the most important seat that is necessary for our country," Skvernelis told local media without specifying the position.

Currently, Lithuania has one seat at the European Commission with Vytenis Andriukaitis serving as the Commissioner for health and food safety.