Polish commissioner candidate says ready for von der Leyen talks

Szczerski, who is currently chief aide to Polish President Andrzej Duda, said he expected the conversation to “clear up the issue of the scope of European policy that will become Poland's responsibility.” Radek Pietruszka/PAP

Krzysztof Szczerski, Poland's official candidate for an EU commissioner, has said he is ready for talks with European Commission president-elect, Ursula von der Leyen. Szczerski expects the conversation will focus on an EU policy section ascribed to Poland.

According to PAP's sources, von der Leyen is to launch talks with candidates for members of the EU's executive arm, the European Commission, on Tuesday. EU member states have until Monday to present their candidates to the president-elect.

Szczerski, who is currently chief aide to Polish President Andrzej Duda, said he expected the conversation to "clear up the issue of the scope of European policy that will become Poland's responsibility."

Szczerski said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will be instrumental in negotiating the EC departments that Poland will receive. "He will decide whether he is satisfied as prime minister, and to what extent, with the department that the (EC) president is ready to propose for Poland," he added.

Szczerski already met with von der Leyen in Brussels in early August, but no tangible decisions were announced at that time.