Lewandowski Says He Isn’t Seeking Polish Finance Minister Post

Nov. 12 (Bloomberg) -- European Union Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski said he isn’t seeking to become Poland’s finance minister, amid speculation he may join the government as it’s reorganized this month.

“For the time being, I have my responsibilities in Brussels,” Lewandowski told TVN CNBC news channel today. “I’m not thinking about any domestic role.”

Prime Minister Donald Tusk “hopes” that Lewandowski will agree to replace Jacek Rostowski as finance minister, Warsaw-based news magazine Wprost reported today, without saying where it got the information. If Lewandowski declines the offer, the situation will become “difficult” as there are no other candidates for the job, Wprost said.

While Tusk said last week that he plans to shuffle his Cabinet before the end of this year, he’s also denied reports that Rostowski will be fired. The prime minister is seeking a “fresh start” for his cabinet as his Civic Platform party trails the opposition in opinion polls.

Rostowski is the second-least popular member of Tusk’s Cabinet after Sports Minister Joanna Mucha, according to an Oct. 3-9 survey of 1,066 Poles. The poll showed 26 percent of voters favored “serious” changes in the cabinet and 37 percent wanted the whole government replaced, the polling company CBOS said.

Mucha, Education Minister Krystyna Szumilas, Environment Minister Marcin Korolec and Administration and Digitalization Minister Michal Boni “top the list” of those who may be replaced during the shuffle, according to Wprost, which didn’t say where it got the information.

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