Agriculture commission seat almost sure for Poland - gov't spokesperson

Muller announced that Poland's EU commissioner candidate will be Janusz Wojciechowski (pictured). Jacek Turczyk/PAP

The EU agriculture commissioner's chair will almost certainly go to Poland, government spokesperson Piotr Muller said in a TV interview on Tuesday.

Muller added that the proposal for Poland to take over the agriculture commission had been made during talks between Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki and President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

On Monday Muller announced that Poland's EU commissioner candidate will be Janusz Wojciechowski, following the resignation of the to-date candidate, current presidential aide Krzysztof Szczerski. Szczerski announced his withdrawal from the running after being offered the agriculture commission.

Muller said on Tuesday that Poland's chairmanship of the agriculture commission could prove advantageous to Polish farmers. Commenting on Wojciechowski's qualifications for the post, Muller stated that he had worked in the EP for years, including on the parliament's agriculture commission, and had also served as chairman of Poland's Supreme Auditing Chamber (NIK).

Besides chairing NIK from 1995 to 2001, Wojciechowski was a MEP from 1999 to 2016 and from 2004 to 2005 led the Polish People's Party (PSL). He joined current ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) in 2010. In 2016 he became an auditor on the European Court of Auditors.