The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has said that he will ‘miss’ former Irish Commissioner Phil Hogan, who resigned from his Trade Commissioner post following a recent scandal over Hogan attending a recent social event that broke coronavirus rules.
“I will miss Phil Hogan on whom I could always count on to relay to me very directly any Irish concerns,” Barnier told an online audience at an event hosted by the Dublin-based Institute of International and European Affairs.
“I used to meet him once a week as Trade Commissioner,” he added.
While a nomination remains to be made, three names are in the front-running for the vacant Irish Commissioner post, including Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness and MEP Frances Fitzgerald.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stated that Ireland must nominate a man and a woman for the role. (Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)