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Germany's ARD Lauds Bulgaria's New EU Nominee.

On the eve of the confirmation hearing at the European Parliament of Bulgaria's new European Commissioner-designate Kristalina Georgieva, Germany's ARD TV channel broadcast a very positive portrait of the candidate.

The author Joerg Paas argues that MEPs would give up the confirmation hearing if they study carefully the professional experience of Georgieva, Vice President of the World Bank.

"Why did not Bulgaria back the nomination of this self-confident and respectful woman instead of offering its former Foreign Minister Rumiana Jeleva, who is not ft for the office and made a real debacle on the European stage?"

The journalist finds the answer in the successful career that Georgieva managed to build up in Washington.

"May be she was completely satisfied with her job in Washington and did not think of quitting it as she claimed last year when she was tipped to become Bulgaria's finance minister."

The author points out that Georgieva started her work as an expert in environment and sustainable development and later specialized in the regions of Central Europe and Russia.

"She herself believes that this would make her job in Brussels a lot easier," the journalist says, adding that the European Commission President Jose Barroso appreciated highly her professional skills in the field of international cooperation.

According to Paas Georgieva is Bulgaria's chance to improve its image abroad.

Kristalina Georgieva's confirmation hearing at the European Parliament has been scheduled for February 3.

Bulgaria's new nominee for European Commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, is expected to take charge of the humanitarian aid division.

The original bidder Rumiana Jeleva withdrew her candidacy for the post of EU commissioner for humanitarian aid after fellow politicians accused her of incompetence and dubious business practices.

The embarrassing withdrawal renewed doubts about whether the Balkan country deserved its EU membership and can tame corruption that keeps investors away.
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Date:Jan 29, 2010
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