Appointment of Phil Hogan as European Commissioner for Trade

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Reports, analyses and information on the appointment of Ireland's Phil Hogan as European Commissioner for Trade, in the European Commission led by Ursula von der Leyen.

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Phil Hogan became one of several Commissioners to carry on as member of the College under the leadership of a new President of the European Commission. Previously holding portfolio relating to agriculture, the Irish politician was nominated by the national government in July 2019. Mr Hogan was formally announced on 9 September by the President of the European Commission. His portfolio was known on the following day, set to lead the Commission on trade matters. Media sources soon highlighted the fact that an Irishman was likely to lead negotiations between the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom (UK) on a new trade relationship following the latter's EU withdrawal.

The relevant committees of the European Parliament held a hearing on September to assess Mr Hogan's capabilities to take on the trade portfolio. He was later approved as a candidate for the position.

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Commentary and Analysis
Politico, 10/09/2019: EU’s trade pick is no fan of Brexit
BBC News, 12/09/2019: Phil Hogan: The ex-farmer leading trade negotiations for the EU
ECFR: Commentary, 13/09/2019: Tricks of the trade
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Phil Hogan – Trade

The Irish Times, 09/09/2019: Phil Hogan in line for trade portfolio at European Commission
ITV News, 10/09/2019: Ireland's Phil Hogan nominated as trade negotiator by European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen
BBC News, 10/09/2019: New EU trade commissioner is Phil Hogan
The Guardian, 10/09/2019: Irish PM's ally to get key post-Brexit role as EU trade commissioner
RTÉ News, 10/09/2019: Hogan confirmed as new EU Trade Commissioner
Reuters, 10/09/2019: Irish PM says Irishman as EU trade chief a 'definite advantage'
RTÉ News, 13/09/2019: Hogan expects EU to grant Brexit deadline extension
RTÉ News, 30/09/2019: Phil Hogan appears before EU Parliament confirmation hearing
The Irish Times, 30/09/2019: Phil Hogan tells MEPs he will ‘promote EU values’ in trade brief
Agriland, 30/09/2019: ‘Europe must be a global champion of fair, substantial and rules-based trade’ – Hogan
EurActiv, 01/10/2019: Hogan convinces MEPs by toughening up trade stance
The Irish Times, 01/10/2019: Phil Hogan ‘honoured’ as he is confirmed EU trade commissioner

European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Phil Hogan
European Parliament: Phil Hogan’s replies to the European Parliament questionnaire
European Parliament: Press Release, 01/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Phil Hogan, Commissioner-designate for Trade

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