Romanian-Armenian Withdraws Candidacy for EU Post

BUCHAREST (Armenpress)–Romania nominated a new candidate for the job of Romania’s EU commissioner after the previous nominee, Varoujan Voskanian Saturday withdrew his nominations due to concerns in Brussels over his European credentials. The withdrawal followed last week’s meeting with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso, which failed to result in his official nomination, unlike the case in Bulgaria’s nomination for the same post. Voskanian, who is the president of the Union of Romanian-Armenia’s, was accused by domestic media of past contacts with the communist Romanian secret service–the Securitate–while Brussels was not impressed with his lack of experience in EU affairs and some prominent socialists in the European Parliament questioned his business connections. Playing down the allegations, Voskanian stepped aside arguing that he did not want to cause a delay in the appointment of the Romanian commissioner and to damage his country’s image abroad. Romanian Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu welcomed the gesture, saying he believed the media speculations about Voskanian’s past "do not have any real basis and that all of this will be clarified in the near future."

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