Czech EU Commissioner’s mandate ends
In an exclusive interview for the online news site of the weekly Týden, Vladimír Špidla, whose term as EU Employment Commissioner is drawing to a close, confirmed that he plans to run for a seat in the Senate for the Social Democrats upon his return to the Czech Republic. The leader of the Social Democrats Jiří Paroubek told journalists on Tuesday that his party will collaborate with Mr. Špidla in the parliamentary elections. Mr. Špidla said in the interview that he will be running for the Český Krumlov region. He added that his candidacy will be decided on by the end of February. In Brussels, Mr. Špidla will be succeeded by Stefan Füle as European Commissioner for Enlargement.