‘As you can see, a range of EU member states have a consistent position of backing Romania. French Minister of European Affairs Pierre Lellouche said this publicly, in the name of France and I believe the prospects are pretty good, but the negotiations, that are confidential, are ongoing’, Diaconescu stressed.
He explained the member states are at a phase of exploration, with each state trying to attain its goals with respect to the commissioner’s portfolios.
When asked whether Romania also has a reserve portfolio, should the agriculture one be desired by several countries, the foreign minister said ‘for the moment, Romania’s goal is to get the agriculture portfolio’, but added that ‘we can arrange the situation depending on the circumstances’.
France is in favour of Romania’s candidacy to the position of agriculture commissioner, Lellouche said on the sidelines of a meeting of the EU ministers for foreign and European affairs (GAERC) being held in Brussels on Monday and Tuesday.
Incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel of Denmark announced on Monday she would not seek a fresh term, in this position, in the new European Commission, that should start operating at the end of November.
Romania, which immediately after its EU accession held the portfolio of commissioner for multilingualism, now wants a more substantial post in the new EU executive – agriculture. Former Agriculture Minister Dacian Ciolos is said to be the top favourite for the job.