Margot Wallström with Cecilia Malmström, her successor
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Malmström New EU Commissioner

Updated 17:15

Swedish Minister for European Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, has been nominated to become the country's next EU commissioner. Malmström replaces Margot Wallström who has represented Sweden in the Commission since 1999. Malmström was pleased about the nomination.

"For someone who is really passionate about European integration and sees the value of co-operation together in Europe to solve the common issues, it is an offer very difficult to resist," she said.

Malmström did not want to comment on which portfolio she preferred, but said that over the past few months she has got to know the president of the EU Commission Manuel Barroso quite well, and that he knows her qualities and strengths.

When announcing the new candidate, Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt said that Malmström is the one person in Swedish politics who currently knows most about European work, and she has been an integral part in carrying out the Swedish presidency.

Cecilia Malmström also gets the support of the opposition. "A competent and capable politician. She will be a good commissioner. She knows Europe, she is not afraid and a person who has good relations with all parties," said Mona Sahlin, leader of the Social Democrats. Sahlin welcomed that the post goes to a woman and hopes that Malmström will get the environment, or employment and education portfolio.

When asked the process to find the Eu's first Foreign Minister, which is expected to be announced on Thursday, Prime Minister Reinfeldt said that no Swede is running for that post. He did not comment on a possible Swedish candidate for the new post as "president" of the EU.

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