Wednesday 16 January 2019

Hogan meets EU chief in bid to land key post

IRELAND's Commissioner designate Phil Hogan will today meet his future EU boss in Brussels in a crucial part of efforts to get an influential post.

The incoming Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, is meeting with all 27 incoming Commission nominees this week before considering the allocation of portfolios over the weekend. An announcement on 'who-gets-what' is expected next Tuesday in Brussels.

President Juncker's efforts to get a reasonable quota of women on his Commission team were boosted as Poland nominated a woman yesterday.

Officials in Warsaw announced that Deputy Prime Minister, Elizbieta Bienkowska, would serve in the Brussels executive for the coming five years bringing the number of women nominees to seven and closer to the target of nine or ten.

Last week President Juncker said he would give all senior posts to the few women already nominated in the name of gender balance unless member states put more women forward.

But Brussels officials said that this stipulation could be overcome.

Brussels officials said that Mr Hogan, a former Environment Minister, remains a strong contender for the post of Agriculture Commissioner which controls up to 40pc of the EU's annual budget of €150bn.


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