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Stubb rates Katainen’s chances for EU Commission seat

Finland’s current prime minister says his predecessor has “the best chances of any Finn” in his bid for a top job in the new EU administration. Former PM Jyrki Katainen will find out in two weeks’ time if he is in the running for one of three commission posts, including EU foreign minister.

Jyrki Katainen ja Alexander Stubb eurovaalivalvojaisissa toukokuussa
Former Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen (left) and his successor Alexander Stubb campaigning for the European parliamentary elections earlier this year. Image: Marja Väänänen / Yle

Former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen has a better chance of success in his bid for a seat on the EU Commission than any other Finn so far, according to the current prime minister, Alexander Stubb.

Stubb made his comments on Monday in front of parliament’s Grand Committee, where he was reporting on the outcome of his trip to Brussels last week for an EU summit with other European heads.

At the summit, former Luxemburg premier Jean-Claude Juncker was elected head of the Commission.

Speaking on Monday, Stubb said that three commission posts are still up for grabs: EU foreign minister, head of the Council of Europe, and Euro-group head.

Appointments TBA on July 16

Katainen will find out in two weeks, on July 16, whether he is in the final running for any of the jobs. A decision will be reached based on candidates’ experience and skills, their political groups within the EU parliament, as well as the size, location and EU standing of their country.

”Appointments to the Commission are a bit like horse racing, with everyone betting on who’s going to win first place,” Prime Minister Stubb said on Monday.

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