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This story about Barosso II was published by EurActiv on 20th January 2010.

Rumiana Jeleva, the embattled Bulgarian commissioner-designate, announced her resignation from all political responsibilities on Tuesday (19 January), following accusations of wrongdoing during a parliamentary confirmation hearing last week. A vote on the new college is now scheduled for 9 February.

In a statement, the European Commission announced that Kristalina Georgieva, a Bulgarian World Bank official, had been nominated to replace Jeleva as commissioner-designate for Bulgaria.

“Today, [Commission] President [José Manuel] Barroso took note of Ms. Jeleva’s withdrawal as commissioner-designate,” read a statement released by the president’s office, adding: “He fully respects this personal decision.”

Jeleva also announced her resignation as Bulgarian foreign minister.

It was still unclear whether Georgieva would be attributed the same humanitarian aid and crisis response portfolio that had been attributed to her predecessor, suggesting a wider reshuffle could take place in the Barroso II team.

A vote of the Barroso II Commission will most probably take place on 9 February, European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek announced today (19 January). But he did not rule out portfolio changes among “problematic” commissioners.

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