Irishman named to run European Union trade in build-up to Brexit

09/11/2019 03:00 | 1

Irishman named to run European Union trade in build-up to Brexit

But there was ridicule and outrage over the appointment of a commissioner to protect the European Way of Life, who will also be responsible for upholding the rule-of-law, migration and internal security across the bloc, which will be 27 member nations after Britain leaves the EU.

Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday that Brexit - "should it happen" - would be only the start of a new relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU, and "not the end".

Her "college" of commissioners will take office on November 1, assuming they secure approval from the European Parliament - not a given after it only narrowly backed the German in July. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.

The global issues they face will include the fight against climate change, trade wars, defending worldwide institutions and defending Europe's commitment to democracy and the rule of law.

In a sign of change from the current executive, the Commission will create a new defence and space arm, under internal markets commissioner Sylvie Goulard, an ally of French President Emmanuel Macron.

The appointment of Mr Hogan, 59, means he will be the EU's chief trade negotiator if and when free-trade negotiations commence between the European Union and the United Kingdom after Brexit.

Ms. Jourová will also be a deputy president of the European Commission. In the Commission of Ursula von der Leyen, he will cover the portfolio of interinstitutional relations and foresight.

Among others, there's former Hungarian Minister of Justice László Trócsányi, who will be appointed new European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, replacing Johannes Hahn on that position.

"As a senior member of the EU Commission, Phil Hogan has the opportunity to put a firm footprint on commission policy".

Italy's public debt now stands at a daunting 132 percent of GDP and the new government in Rome will struggle to meet belt-tightening commitments already made to Brussels, potentially leaving Gentiloni in the delicate role of enforcing rules against his own country. MEPs will hold confirmation hearings for each nominee. "Action on the ecological and climate emergency will", Munić said.


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