Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič announced that he will run for Slovakia’s presidency in March. Šefčovič, born in 1966, served in the Slovak diplomatic service and he is one of the Vice-Presidents of the European Commission since 2014. From 2009 to 2010 he was European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture & Youth.

Reacting to the announcement, the S&D leader Udo Bullmann said:

“On behalf of my Group I would like to congratulate Maroš on his decision to run for Slovakia’s presidency. Maroš is an excellent candidate and I have no doubts he will do a great job. Few if any in Slovakia are as experienced and devoted to the European cause as he is. Very professional and full of energy, he did an excellent job in all his post ranging from the Permanent Representative of Slovakia, to the vice-president of the European Commission. As Commissioner, he was always devoted to bridging any reaming gaps between older and newer member states. We welcome his engagement in promoting and putting forward the Energy Union, which remains vital for European integration.”