Phil Hogan set for key EU trade portfolio

His appointment is seen as a signal of EU solidarity with Ireland as Hogan will be in charge of any post-Brexit trade deal to be negotiated with the UK

10th September, 2019
Phil Hogan faces Trump trade challenges. Pic: Getty

Hogan, who has held the agriculture portfolio for the past five years, said his appointment came at an important time for the EU and Ireland, describing International trade is "the lifeline of the EU economy”.

The former Fine Gael minister, who now faces confirmation hearings before MEPs at the end of this month, said the full implementation of trade agreements concluded recently - including those with Japan and the Mercosur countries - would be...

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