Brussels, 19 January 2010
Statement of PresidentBarroso on the resignation of Mrs Jeleva
Today, President Barroso took note of Mrs Jeleva's withdrawal as commissioner-designate. He fully respects this personal decision.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Borisov has in the meantime informed President Barroso of his intention to suggest Ms Kristalina Georgieva, currently Vice-President of the World Bank, as member of the European Commission.
President Barroso will meet her as soon as possible, with a view to considering his agreement to that suggestion.
President Barroso welcomes the swift reaction of the Bulgarian Government to this situation. The process of the investiture of the new Commission should now continue and be concluded at the earliest opportunity.