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#Trade – Hogan faces strong headwinds in new role

#Trade – Hogan faces strong headwinds in new role

| September 10, 2019

Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan (pictured, right), a stalwart supporter of Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar, is promoted to the role of European trade commissioner in the new mandate. One of the most high-profile positions in the EU, Hogan steps up to the plate at a time when the United States is pursuing an unpredictable, […]

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#EuropeanCommission – von der Leyen presents list of new commissioners

#EuropeanCommission – von der Leyen presents list of new commissioners

| September 9, 2019

European Commission President Juncker meets President-elect Ursula von der Leyen President-elect Ursula von der Leyen today (9 September) formally presented her draft list of commissioners-designate, however, Commission watchers will have to wait until tomorrow to find out the portfolio of each one, writes Catherine Feore.   Although politically neutral, Commissioners reflect the political balance of the EU. […]

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#ECA – Auditors give a qualified thumbs up to the Commission’s public consultations  

#ECA – Auditors give a qualified thumbs up to the Commission’s public consultations  

| September 5, 2019

The European Court of Auditors (ECA) has released a broadly positive report on the European Commission’s consultative processes. The report, led by Annemie Turtelboom, makes a number of recommendations on where the process could be improved, in particular in relation to reaching out to citizens, writes Catherine Feore.  “Citizen engagement in public consultations is key to maintaining the […]

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Major engagement initiative to be launched in first three months of new #Commission 

Major engagement initiative to be launched in first three months of new #Commission 

| September 2, 2019

The European Commission intends to launch an EU-wide campaign of engagement with citizens to present its political priorities in its ‘first hundred days’ of office, writes Catherine Feore.   In a draft document outlining the European Commission’s priorities, the next Commission will agree on what they describe as a ‘joint narrative’ at their first college seminar, which […]

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#Brexit – A proposal to leave Ireland’s border to future negotiations ‘just won’t fly’ says Coveney 

#Brexit – A proposal to leave Ireland’s border to future negotiations ‘just won’t fly’ says Coveney 

| August 30, 2019

Arriving for the Informal (Gymnich) meeting of Foreign Ministers on 30 August, Irish Tánaiste Simon Coveney said that he would be happy for the UK to meet the EU five days a week if necessary, in response to a question about the UK’s announcement that it would be negotiating two days per week in Brussels, […]

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#Brexit – Is a U-turn in sight?

#Brexit – Is a U-turn in sight?

| August 20, 2019

Boris Johnson wrote to European Council President Donald Tusk on 19 August, setting out the UK government’s position on ‘key aspects’ of Brexit, particularly in relation to the ‘backstop’ provisions in the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland. The letter comes before one-to-one meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, and […]

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#Brexit – ‘Good Friday Agreement will be fiercely defended by the US Congress’ Pelosi

#Brexit – ‘Good Friday Agreement will be fiercely defended by the US Congress’ Pelosi

| August 14, 2019

Speaker of the United States Congress Nancy Pelosi fires off a statement in support of the Good Friday Agreement a day after the US National Security Adviser John Bolton’s visit to London where he met with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, writes Catherine Feore. Bolton said that the UK would be “first in line” for […]

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