Appointment of Phil Hogan as European Commissioner for Trade

Author Details
Author (Corporate)
Publication Date 2019-2020
Content Type

Summary:

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.

Further information:

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.

Related Link(s)
Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: Phil Hogan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phil_Hogan
BBC News: Profile: Phil Hogan https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53906077
Politico, 10/09/2019: EU’s trade pick is no fan of Brexit https://www.politico.eu/article/eus-trade-pick-is-no-fan-of-brexit/
BBC News, 12/09/2019: Phil Hogan: The ex-farmer leading trade negotiations for the EU https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49663525
ECFR: Commentary, 13/09/2019: Tricks of the trade https://www.ecfr.eu/article/commentary_tricks_of_the_trade
Bruegel: Blog, 25/09/2019: Questions to Phil Hogan, Commissioner-designate for Trade https://www.bruegel.org/2019/09/questions-to-phil-hogan-commissioner-designate-for-trade/
EPRS: Briefing, September 2019: Hearings of the Commissioners-designate: Phil Hogan – Trade https://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2019)642190
The Guardian, 11/01/2020: EU’s outspoken trade negotiator needs to build bridges with US https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jan/11/phil-hogan-eu-trade-commissioner-us-trump-washington-tariffs
CER: Keynote Address by Commissioner Phil Hogan at the Centre for European Reform (4 February 2020) https://www.cer.eu/in-the-press/keynote-address-commissioner-phil-hogan-centre-european-reform
Euro|topics, August 2020: Covid rules broken: can Ireland's government survive? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/246399/
The Irish Times, 26/08/2020: How Phil Hogan became the architect of his own downfall https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/how-phil-hogan-became-the-architect-of-his-own-downfall-1.4339633
The Irish Times, 26/08/2020: From Kilkenny to Brussels and Clifden: The rise and fall of ‘Big Phil’ Hogan https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/from-kilkenny-to-brussels-and-clifden-the-rise-and-fall-of-big-phil-hogan-1.4339613
RFI News, 26/08/2020: Phil Hogan: Ireland's 'big beast' EU trade chief https://www.rfi.fr/en/wires/20200826-phil-hogan-irelands-big-beast-eu-trade-chief
Forbes, 27/08/2020: Breach Coronavirus Rules, Lose Job In EU https://www.forbes.com/sites/kenrapoza/2020/08/27/breach-coronavirus-rules-lose-job-in-eu/
Politico, 27/08/2020: Why Phil Hogan (eventually) had to go https://www.politico.eu/article/why-phil-hogan-eventually-had-to-go/
Euro|topics, August 2020: Covid party: EU trade chief Hogan quits https://www.eurotopics.net/en/246482/

News
The Irish Times, 09/09/2019: Phil Hogan in line for trade portfolio at European Commission https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/phil-hogan-in-line-for-trade-portfolio-at-european-commission-1.4011712
ITV News, 10/09/2019: Ireland's Phil Hogan nominated as trade negotiator by European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen https://www.itv.com/news/2019-09-10/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 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49649586
The Guardian, 10/09/2019: Irish PM's ally to get key post-Brexit role as EU trade commissioner https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/10/irish-pm-ally-phil-hogan-brexit-eu-trade-commissioner
RTÉ News, 10/09/2019: Hogan confirmed as new EU Trade Commissioner https://www.rte.ie/news/ireland/2019/0910/1074956-hogan-eu/
Reuters, 10/09/2019: Irish PM says Irishman as EU trade chief a 'definite advantage' https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKS8N21L025
RTÉ News, 13/09/2019: Hogan expects EU to grant Brexit deadline extension https://www.rte.ie/news/brexit/2019/0913/1075684-hogan-deal/
RTÉ News, 30/09/2019: Phil Hogan appears before EU Parliament confirmation hearing https://www.rte.ie/news/2019/0930/1079269-phil-hogan-trade-commissioner-hearing/
The Irish Times, 30/09/2019: Phil Hogan tells MEPs he will ‘promote EU values’ in trade brief https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/phil-hogan-tells-meps-he-will-promote-eu-values-in-trade-brief-1.4035477
Agriland, 30/09/2019: ‘Europe must be a global champion of fair, substantial and rules-based trade’ – Hogan https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/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 https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/hogan-convinces-meps-by-toughening-up-trade-stance/
The Irish Times, 01/10/2019: Phil Hogan ‘honoured’ as he is confirmed EU trade commissioner https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/phil-hogan-honoured-as-he-is-confirmed-eu-trade-commissioner-1.4036822
Politico, 30/05/2020: European trade chief mulls bid for WTO top job https://www.politico.com/news/2020/05/30/phil-hogan-wto-european-union-290660
Reuters, 31/05/2020: EU trade commissioner Hogan mulling candidacy for WTO chief https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN2370FS
CityAM, 09/06/2020: EU trade chief Phil Hogan considers bid for WTO top job https://www.cityam.com/eu-trade-chief-phil-hogan-considers-bid-for-wto-top-job/
Independent.ie, 19/06/2020: Government endorses Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan for World Trade Organisation chief https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/government-endorses-irish-commissioner-phil-hogan-for-world-trade-organisation-chief-39300244.html
The Irish Times, 19/06/2020: Phil Hogan comes under pressure to declare intent on WTO role https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/phil-hogan-comes-under-pressure-to-declare-intent-on-wto-role-1.4283176
RTÉ News, 29/06/2020: Hogan withdraws from race for top WTO job https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0629/1150264-hogan-eu-wto/
Politico, 29/06/2020: Hogan drops out of WTO race https://www.politico.eu/article/hogan-drops-out-of-wto-race/
EurActiv, 29/06/2020: EU trade chief Hogan says he will not seek to head WTO https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/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 https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/hogan-pulls-out-of-race-to-lead-world-trade-organisation-1.4291357
BBC News, 22/08/2020: EU Commissioner Phil Hogan asked to 'consider role' by Irish leaders https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53876750
Deutsche Welle, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns over COVID-19 dinner scandal https://p.dw.com/p/3hYde
Reuters, 26/08/2020: Phil Hogan resigns as EU trade chief after Ireland trip furore https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSL8N2FS5UL
The Guardian, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after flouting Covid rules https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/aug/26/eu-trade-commissioner-phil-hogan-resigns-after-flouting-covid-rules
BBC News, 26/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan resigns over 'Covid breach' https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-53923052
RTÉ News, 26/08/2020: The question now is who will replace Phil Hogan? https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2020/0826/1161536-tony-connelly/
Politico, 26/08/2020: Trade chief Phil Hogan’s resignation blows hole in European Commission https://www.politico.eu/article/phil-hogan-resigns-as-eu-trade-boss-over-golfgate-scandal/
CNN News, 26/08/2020: EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan resigns after breaching coronavirus restrictions https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/26/europe/eu-phil-hogan-resigns-intl/index.html
Independent.ie, 27/08/2020: Phil Hogan finally resigns as Von der Leyen asks Government to nominate male and female replacement candidates https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/phil-hogan-finally-resigns-as-von-der-leyen-asks-government-to-nominate-male-and-female-replacement-candidates-39482128.html
EUObserver, 27/08/2020: EU trade chief Phil Hogan resigns in 'GolfGate' scandal https://euobserver.com/institutional/149242
Euronews, 27/08/2020: EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan quits over Golfgate scandal https://www.euronews.com/2020/08/26/eu-trade-commissioner-phil-hogan-quits-over-golfgate-scandal

Official
European Commission: President-elect von der Leyen’s Mission Letter to Phil Hogan https://ec.europa.eu/commission/files/phil-hogans-mission-letter_en
European Parliament: Phil Hogan’s replies to the European Parliament questionnaire https://www.europarl.europa.eu/resources/library/media/20190927RES62441/20190927RES62441.pdf
European Parliament: Press Release, 01/10/2019: Hearing of Commissioner-designate Phil Hogan https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190926IPR62228/
European Parliament: Public Hearing of Phil Hogan, Commissioner-designate for Trade https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/priorities/commission-hearings-2019/20190910STO60721/phil-hogan-ireland
European Commission: Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on election of new WTO Director-General (29 June 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/hogan/announcements/statement-commissioner-phil-hogan-election-new-wto-director-general_en
European Commission: Memorandum to President von der Leyen/Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan on Recent Visit to Ireland (25 August 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/hogan/announcements/memorandum-president-von-der-leyenstatement-commissioner-phil-hogan-recent-visit-ireland_en
European Commission: Resignation Statement by Commissioner Phil Hogan (26 August 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/commissioners/2019-2024/hogan/announcements/resignation-statement-commissioner-phil-hogan_en

Subject Categories
Subject Tags
Countries / Regions
International Organisations