The Irish government plans to approve this Friday the proposal of Vice President of the European Parliament Mairead McGuinness and former Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) Andrew McDowell as candidates for the post of Community Commissioner after Phil Hogan’s resignation as The Irish Newspaper “The Independent” reported that the commercial manager bypassed movement restrictions in the coronavirus pandemic.
The proposal will be approved in a face-to-face government meeting this Friday afternoon that will end a week of speculation about Phil Hogan’s replacement.
McGuinness is currently Vice-President of the European Parliament, where she has many years of experience as a Member of Parliament, while McDowell was Vice-President of the EIB and served as Chief Economic Advisor during Enda Kenny’s phase as Prime Minister (2014-2017).
McGuinness and McDowell will be the two candidates the Irish government will propose to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to decide who will replace Hogan as Commissioner.
The President of the Commission will analyze the résumés of the two proposed candidates and then decide who the Commissioner will be and which portfolio he will take over. According to The Independent, the Irish government is unlikely to maintain the trading portfolio Hogan accepted until he was forced to file his resignation for bypassing travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.