MARIANN FISCHER Boel will have to wait another few weeks before finding out if she is to become the next EU farm commissioner.
Euro-MPs were supposed to vote on the new commissioners on Wed (Oct 27), but the election was abandoned.
This was mainly due to complaints about the Italian commissioner-designate Rocco Buttiglione and his views on women and homosexuals.
When it became clear that the European parliament was poised to reject all 25 nominees, commission president-designate Jose Barroso called for a delay while he consults heads of state.
It remains to be seen whether Mr Buttiglione is dropped as a potential commissioner or is moved to a portfolio other than justice and home affairs.
But there are also doubts about a number of other commissioners-designate, including Denmark‘s Mrs Fischer Boel.
She failed to impress Euro-MPs at an open hearing earlier this month and could easily come under renewed pressure.
Meanwhile, current agriculture commissioner Franz Fischler has confirmed he will continue in his job until a successor is confirmed.