Poland to not support Lithuania’s president as Tusk’s successor in European Council

Poland has announced that it will not support Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaitė as a candidate for the post of president of European Council, Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita reports.

Grybauskaitė is considered too big a personality, which does not allow her to become the region’s candidate, the newspaper’s sources say.

Still, Lithuania’s departing president meets other criteria. She was a member of the European Council for eight years. She had also served as European commissioner and a candidate from Central and Eastern Europe.

«But no one is offering her the post, and the Visegrad group, whose opinion Tusk had to ask, is against,» sources tell Rzeczpospolita.

President of European Council Donald Tusk may announce candidates for European Union’s leading posts – in the European Commission, European Council, European Parliament, European Central Bank’s governor and EU high-ranking representative for foreign and security policy.

Lithuania’s Foreign Affairs Minister Linas Linkevičius doubts the Polish newspaper’s claims regarding the lack of support for Grybauskaitė.

«First, I have not heard about this. Second, I think it’s not true,» he told journalists.

Grybauskaitė has not spoken much about her plans after presidency.

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