Denmark on Tuesday proposed Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard as its next European Commissioner and said it expects her to handle climate issues at the EU executive.
Prime Minister Lars Loekke Rasmussen told reporters Hedegaard's nomination was made with "the clear expectation" she would take on the EU climate portfolio.
A final decision, however, lies with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso who will shortly distribute portfolios in his next executive that is to take office in late January or early February. All incoming EU commissioners face confirmation hearings in the European Parliament.
Hedegaard is currently climate minister in Rasmussen's center-right government. Rasmussen sounded upbeat about Hedegaard's chance of assuming the EU climate portfolio saying Barroso "confirmed to me that Connie Hedegaard will get a position that matches her experience and her competence."