Former Polish PM nominated as chairman of EU social affairs commission

“In the coming term, we will face many employment and social issue challenges at the European level, such as the reform of the European Social Fund and further implementation of declarations on the European Pillar and social rights,” Szydło said. Radek Pietruszka/PAP

The EU Commission for Employment and Social Affairs will choose its chairman in Brussels on Wednesday. Beata Szydło, a former Polish prime minister and current member of the European Parliament, is a candidate for this position.

The nomination was announced on Friday by the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group. When explaining the nomination, ECR said that during Szydło's term as prime minister, she raised the minimum wage, implemented new benefits for children and decreased the retirement age.

"In the coming term, we will face many employment and social issue challenges at the European level, such as the reform of the European Social Fund and further implementation of declarations on the European Pillar and social rights," Szydło said.