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. Mr Hogan resigned as Trade Commissioner on 26 August 2020.

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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.

In May 2020, media outlets reported that Phil Hogan was considering a bid to become the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). On 29 June, Mr Hogan announced he was pulling out of the race.

Phil Hogan announced his resignation as Trade Commissioner on 26 August 2020 following an outcry over his breaches of COVID-19 (coronavirus) rules during a golfing break in Ireland. Mr Hogan was criticised for not complying with quarantine rules upon his arrival in the country from Brussels, and also for attending a golf dinner with over 80 people in County Galway on 19 August (in what became known as Golfgate). Before his resignation, Mr Hogan was asked to consider his position by Irish Prime Minister Micheál Martin and his deputy Leo Varadkar.

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Wikipedia: Phil Hogan
BBC News: Profile: Phil Hogan
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
Bruegel: Blog, 25/09/2019: Questions to Phil Hogan, Commissioner-designate for Trade
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Phil Hogan – Trade
The Guardian, 11/01/2020: EU’s outspoken trade negotiator needs to build bridges with US
CER: Keynote Address by Commissioner Phil Hogan at the Centre for European Reform (4 February 2020)
Euro|topics, August 2020: Covid rules broken: can Ireland's government survive?
The Irish Times, 26/08/2020: How Phil Hogan became the architect of his own downfall
The Irish Times, 26/08/2020: From Kilkenny to Brussels and Clifden: The rise and fall of ‘Big Phil’ Hogan
RFI News, 26/08/2020: Phil Hogan: Ireland's 'big beast' EU trade chief
Forbes, 27/08/2020: Breach Coronavirus Rules, Lose Job In EU
Politico, 27/08/2020: Why Phil Hogan (eventually) had to go
Euro|topics, August 2020: Covid party: EU trade chief Hogan quits

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
Politico, 30/05/2020: European trade chief mulls bid for WTO top job
Reuters, 31/05/2020: EU trade commissioner Hogan mulling candidacy for WTO chief
CityAM, 09/06/2020: EU trade chief Phil Hogan considers bid for WTO top job, 19/06/2020: Government endorses Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan for World Trade Organisation chief
The Irish Times, 19/06/2020: Phil Hogan comes under pressure to declare intent on WTO role
RTÉ News, 29/06/2020: Hogan withdraws from race for top WTO job
Politico, 29/06/2020: Hogan drops out of WTO race
EurActiv, 29/06/2020: EU trade chief Hogan says he will not seek to head WTO
The Irish Times, 29/06/2020: Hogan pulls out of race to lead World Trade Organisation
BBC News, 22/08/2020: EU Commissioner Phil Hogan asked to 'consider role' by Irish leaders
Deutsche Welle, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns over COVID-19 dinner scandal
Reuters, 26/08/2020: Phil Hogan resigns as EU trade chief after Ireland trip furore
The Guardian, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after flouting Covid rules
BBC News, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns over 'Covid breach'
RTÉ News, 26/08/2020: The question now is who will replace Phil Hogan?
Politico, 26/08/2020: Trade chief Phil Hogan’s resignation blows hole in European Commission
CNN News, 26/08/2020: EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after breaching coronavirus restrictions, 27/08/2020: Phil Hogan finally resigns as Von der Leyen asks Government to nominate male and female replacement candidates
EUObserver, 27/08/2020: EU trade chief Phil Hogan resigns in 'GolfGate' scandal
Euronews, 27/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan quits over Golfgate scandal

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
European Commission: Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on election of new WTO Director-General (29 June 2020)
European Commission: Memorandum to President von der Leyen/Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on Recent Visit to Ireland (25 August 2020)
European Commission: Resignation Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan (26 August 2020)

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