Ireland’s Prime Minister Micheál Martin said on Thursday (3 September) that a decision on the country’s nominees to replace ex-Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan would be made “very quickly.” The nominations had been expected to be submitted this week.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen previously asked Ireland to nominate a man and a woman for the role and she would later determine the final allocation of tasks. Ireland is unlikely to retain the trade portfolio, von der Leyen has indicated.
Those in the running include Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, Vice-President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness and MEP Frances Fitzgerald.
The Irish Times reported that Coveney is not expected to allow his name to go forward and would rather stay in Ireland which is likely to clear the way for Maireád McGuinness to be nominated.
(Samuel Stolton | EURACTIV.com)