Trade role for Hogan 'vital in context of Brexit threat'

09/11/2019 03:00 |

Trade role for Hogan 'vital in context of Brexit threat'

Von der Leyen's team is set to take office on 1 November but must first face a grilling by members of the European Parliament.

Hogan, now in charge of agriculture, will face a battle to resolve trade tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration and will be in charge of establishing future economic relations with Britain after Brexit.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Tuesday that he's pleased with the nomination of Dutch politician Frans Timmermans as vice president responsible for climate issues in the European Commission from 2019 to 2024.

This was announced by EC President Ursula von der Leyen at the presentation of the new European Commission.

In a surprising move, Mrs von der Leyen approved the candidacy of former Hungarian justice minister László Trócsányi, who is believed to be one of the chief architects of Hungary's illiberal state, for the highly prestigious neighbourhood and enlargement portfolio. "I want Europe to be the exporter of knowledge, technologies and best practice".

"I will try and bring honour to Italy - whose government put me forward - working closely with the European Parliament and EU institutions in the interests of all European citizens", Gentiloni said after von der Leyen's announcement.

But deep political divisions in Britain over what sort of Brexit it wants - a "soft" one staying close to the vast European Union single market or a "hard" one veering clear of its institutions and jurisdiction - have stymied progress, requiring two delays to the Brexit date so far.

Once the United Kingdom leaves the bloc - Brexit is now scheduled to happen on or before October 31 - it would face the long and arduous task of drawing up new trade relations with its European partners. It is the only European Union body that can draft laws.

"I think it is very important to have together a very good free trade agreement because I think it will be determining the good relations we want to have in the future", von der Leyen said.

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.


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