The European Affairs Committee of the Estonian Parliament and Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas expressed support on June 12 to the candidacy of Andrus Ansip – the long-standing head of Estonia’s government, who resigned in spring.
At the parliamentary hearing, Ansip highlighted three areas he plans to work in: ensuring the energy independence of Europe, supporting democracy and welfare in Europe’s neighbouring countries and strengthening the common market.
He noted that if the president of the European Commission approves his candidacy, the president will also select the area he will administer; adding that he has expressed interest in economy and finance but it is too early for speculations, ERR reports.
Former Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis, who resigned last year after tragic roof-top collapse in Riga, has also been endorsed by government and Parliament to candidate for the post of a Commissioner. He, just as Ansip, hopes to work in finance and economy.