THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has confirmed he is seeking to become the next leader of the influential group of finance ministers from the 17 European Union nations that use the euro.
Dijsselbloem told Dutch lawmakers Thursday he will submit his candidacy to take over as Eurogroup leader when Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker stands down from the position on Monday. The Eurogroup chief has a key role in negotiating financial policies in the currency union, which is still struggling to emerge from its financial crisis.
Juncker plans to meet Dijsselbloem on Friday to prepare for Monday's eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Dijsselbloem's name has been circulating for weeks as a possible candidate, but he had never confirmed he wanted the job.