Poland is reportedly demanding the EU Council meet with Donald Tusk challenger Jacek Saryusz-Wolski
Mr Tusk’s first term as President of the European Council is due to end this May and it appears he may have the full backing of most EU states to be reappointed for second two-and-a-half year term later this week.
But according to reports, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has demanded EU leaders meet with Warsaw’s candidate Jacek Saryusz-Wolski at a Brussels summit before Mr Tusk’s potential re-election.
The Polish minister believes Saryusz-Wolski should get a fair hearing.
Earlier Mr Waszczykowski said: ”I have just submitted Jacek Saryusz-Wolski's candidature for the post by means of a diplomatic note.”
Polish Foreign Minister says Saryusz-Wolski should get a fair hearing
There are no formal protocols. We want to create procedures
Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski
This latest demand comes as Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) has been escalating their efforts to unseat Mr Tusk, who is a former Polish prime minister and alleged political nemesis of current PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczyński.
Polish officials have criticised the council for being led by “unelected bureaucrats” with “no formal protocols”.
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Former Belgian Prime Minister Herman Von Rompuy was elected president by consensus in 2009 and then reappointed in 2012 before Tusk in 2014.
Mr Waszczykowski added: “There are no formal protocols. We want to create procedures.”
The polish politician previously met with leaders from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to present Poland’s case, but his talks are understood to have failed.
Czech minister Lubomir Zaoralek said: “If there were other candidates, it could have a very unpleasant result… I am afraid that this can result in central and eastern Europe losing its representative, and I would consider that a serious mistake.”
Mr Waszczykowski is set to meet with German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel later today in a bid to present Poland’s demand ahead of the summit on Thursday.
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