Foreign Minister Timmermans is Dutch EU commissioner candidate: Dutch paper

Foreign Minister Timmermans is Dutch EU commissioner candidate: Dutch paper
Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans speaks during a meeting at United Nations headquarters in New York, July 21, 2014.

AMSTERDAM - Dutch Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans has been put forward by the Netherlands as the Dutch candidate for a European Commission post, a newspaper reported on Monday.

The Netherlands is seeking the post of deputy commission head, under incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, with a "hefty portfolio", Dutch daily de Volkskrant said, citing unnamed sources in Brussels.

Timmermans gained international prominence with a speech at the United Nations following the July 17 shooting down over Ukraine of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, which had 196 Dutch nationals on board.

His office could not immediately be reached for comment.

The newspaper said Timmermans emerged as the Dutch candidate after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers, failed to gain support.

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