Estonian Prime Minister Andus Ansip said on Tuesday, Feb. 25, that he is interested in the position of European Commissioner once he resigns as the prime minister, reports Public Broadcasting. Once the new Estonian government is appointed, Ansip will become a Riigikogu member. He said that he will work as MP for the time being.
“Yes, I would be interested in the post of European Commissioner. But a new Commissioner from Estonia might not be appointed even if Siim Kallas should really start working as the prime minister of Estonia,” said Ansip. He noted that European Union regulations don’t allow appointing a new Commissioner just ahead of European Parliament elections.
Although several key players in Europe, for example High Representative of European Foreign Politics and NATO Secretary General as well as UN Secretary General’s terms of offices end soon, Ansip said that he hasn’t thought of these positions.
“No, I haven’t envisioned myself in these posts. These speculations certainly have no grounds, no basis," said Ansip.
Estonian Prime Minister, Reform Party chairman Andrus Ansip announced in a speech made on Sunday that he will tender his letter of resignation to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves on March 4. Once Ansip has tendered his resignation to President Ilves, the president has 14 days to find a new prime ministerial candidate.
The president's chancellery said on Sunday that Ilves would launch talks with all parliament parties for finding a new prime ministerial candidate at once when he gets Ansip's resignation.