All Visegrad countries oppose Timmermans as EC president - EU source

The socialists' leading candidate for the EC presidency is currently EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans. /PAP/EPA

If Frans Timmermans' candidature for president of the European Commission comes up during today's EU summit, all the countries of the Visegrad Group - Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary - will vote against it PAP has learnt from an EU source.

During Sunday's EU summit, the bloc's heads of government will try for a third time to reach agreement over the filling of key senior EU posts, including EC president.

PAP has learnt from an unofficial diplomatic source that European Council President Donald Tusk has forwarded to the leaders of the European Parliament the propositions of France, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain, that the top EC position should go to the socialists, the head of the European Parliament to the Christian Democrats and the European Council to the liberals. The socialists' leading candidate for the EC presidency is currently EC Vice-President Frans Timmermans.

The start of the summit has been postponed from 18.00 to 19.00 to give the EU leaders more time for consultations over the candidacy for the EC presidency position, EU sources told PAP on Sunday.