Jyrki Katainen nominated as candidate for EU commissioner
ROME-On Thursday, the Finnish Government nominated former Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen as its candidate for the next European Commission, as announced by the Prime Minister Alexander Stubb.
Katainen could replace Olli Rehn, who has been Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs, as Finland's representative at the European Commission-one of the most powerful positions in the EU. He stepped down on July 1 after winning a seat in the European Parliament. Katainen, 43, has been Prime Minister for three years from June 2011-2013 when was replaced by Alexander Stubb, 46.
The term of the current Commission will end on 31 October 2014. At the June European Council, the European Heads of State or Government adopted the decision proposing Jean-Claude Juncker to the European Parliament as candidate for President of the European Commission. The European Parliament is to vote on his appointment on 15 July. Candidates for the new Commission will be selected after that.
According to the Treaty on European Union, the members of the Commission shall be chosen on the ground of their general competence and European commitment from persons whose independence is beyond doubt. In their duties, the members of the Commission are to promote the general interest of the Union.