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EP Socialists: No Need of Advice from Ex-Communist Bodyguards.

The PASD EP leader, Martin Schulz, had informed the EC President, Jose Manuel Barroso, that the Bulgarian Commissioner-designate Rumiana Jeleva is not suitable for the post.

Bulgarian daily "Dnevnik" writes that the leader of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament had issued a special statement telling Barroso that it all depends on him to think the matter over and draw the right conclusions.

According to the socialists, Jeleva faces the real danger of a no-confidence vote by the majority of the Members of the European Parliament over her weak performance during her hearing at the EP Tuesday.

Schulz insists that in case Jeleva is approved, she must be subjected to another hearing, adding he really fears it will be even worse than the Tuesday one, because her incompetency is already crystal clear.

"The former bodyguard of the former Bulgarian Communist Dictator does not have any right to attack us in such manner," the PASD leader is quoted as saying, when commenting on Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, Wednesday statements that the European left-wing includes people conducting subversive activities.

"Ms. Jeleva is just part of Borisov's strategy to label as communist anyone whose opinion differs from his own. I appeal to Mr. Borisov to give up immediately such model of behavior," Schulz insist. He further points out that Jeleva and her incompetency are a symbol of Borisov's rule.

Earlier Thursday, the Bulgarian PM stated he had talked to the right people in Brussels and the European People's Party (EPP) stood firmly behind Jeleva. He defends her performance and blames the Bulgarian socialist MEPs and those from the former tsar's party NMSP of plotting her demise.
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