Polish PM says Timmermans is bad candidate for EC head

“We should find a candidate (...) who will be able to unite, build bridges and seek compromise,” said the Polish PM [pictured (L) after landing in Brussels]. Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

European Commission (EC) Vice President Frans Timmermans is not a good candidate for the EC president as he does not seek compromise, divides Europe and does not understand Central Europe, Polish PM Mateusz Morawiecki said before an EU summit on Sunday.

EU leaders are set to have a third go at choosing the bloc's leaders after the European Parliament election held in May saw a significant reshuffle on the European political scene.

"I'm certain that a number of delegations, most countries, if not all, hold this belief that we should find a candidate (...) who will be able to unite, build bridges and seek compromise," the Polish PM said.

Morawiecki said Timmermans is not such a candidate.

Timmermans was instrumental in launching the EU's rule-of-law procedure against Warsaw. In December 2017, the EC triggered the Article 7 procedure in view of "a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law by Poland."