EU Commissioner Georgieva resigns over frictions with Commission’s top management

Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, responsible for Budget and Human Resources, has informed European Commission President Juncker of her decision to resign from her post as Member of the European Commission in order to take up a new responsibility, as of 2 January 2017, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the World Bank.

“The work of the European Commission must go on. I have therefore asked Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner responsible for Digital Economy and Society, to succeed Kristalina Georgieva in her portfolio. After the current Vice-Presidents, Günther H. Oettinger is the first Commissioner in seniority and protocol order in the Commission,” said Juncker. (European Commission Press Release)

“Georgieva has grown increasingly frustrated with how the institution has handled such challenges as migration, Brexit and senior appointments, according to a Commission source close to her, reported Politico Europe. In particular, the source said, Georgieva objects to the working methods of Martin Selmayr, Juncker’s chief of staff, and what she perceives a failure to adequately consult on important decisions.”

Also a former member of Juncker’s cabinet of Italian nationality decided to quit his job in contrast with Selmayr. (The European Post)