July 2, 2019 / 9:08 AM / 3 months ago

Dutch PM Rutte hopes agreement will be reached on top EU jobs

Netherlands' Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives to take part in a European Union leaders summit, in Brussels, Belgium July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka Van De Wouw

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Tuesday said he hoped EU leaders would reach a decision on filling the bloc’s top posts, but declined to speculate about the chances of Dutchmen Frans Timmermans becoming the next European Commission president.

“I hope a majority will eventually be found for someone, in combination with how the other jobs will be filled,” Rutte told journalists as he arrived for a third day of negotiations in Brussels. “I believe everyone wants to reach an agreement today.”

He declined to discuss individual names.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; ; editing by John Stonestreet

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