|Prime Minister Donald Tusk|
Prime Minister Donald Tusk will not run for the position of president of the European Commission in 2014 when current EC President Jose Manuel Barroso’s term is up, Mr Tusk told public television station TVP 2 on Monday evening.
“My decision is final. I made the decision that I want to continue to be prime minister of Poland. Until 2015, until the [parliamentary] elections, I will be engaged in Polish affairs,” he said. Poland will hold both parliamentary and presidential elections in 2015.
“To be Polish prime minister is for me a hundred times more important than a potential European promotion,” he added.
Speculation had been growing that Prime Minister Tusk could run for the position since last year, when the rumor began circulating in Brussels. In April this year, Hugo Brady from the Centre for European Reform, a think tank, reignited the talk. “Germany might back Tusk in order to cement Berlin’s political alliance with Warsaw and because it is time for someone from one of the newer member-states to get a top job,” he wrote.
The speculation later increased as Joseph Daul, leader of the European People’s Party, the largest party in the European Parliament, said, “His name has been coming up since last year, but to be honest I’m not going to ask him that question (about running for the EC presidency) right now,” he said.
In late May Mr Tusk admitted that speculation about his candidacy had grown, and said that he would make an announcement on his final decision soon.
In the interview with public television on Monday evening, Mr Tusk said that he wanted to continue to prepare Poland for the end of the economic crisis.
“I know it is a matter of several months, maybe two years, so we have to be well-prepared to take on this situation,” he said.
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