European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen called on the Irish government on Thursday to present candidates to succeed former Commissioner Phil Hogan, whom he “thanked warmly” for his work after announcing his resignation to circumvent the restrictions had the coronavirus.
Von der Leyen has announced that the commercial portfolio will be temporarily taken over by Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis and has proposed that Ireland nominate a woman and a man as candidates. Of course, the future Irish Commissioner does not have to inherit the trading portfolio, as, as the German Conservative herself has emphasized, the final design of the Community Government will depend on her.
In a brief appearance, he thanked Hogan for his work and his “valuable contribution”. “I respect his decision, I am very grateful for his tireless work as Commissioner and I thank him warmly for his contribution to the Commission during this term and the previous one when he was Commissioner for Agriculture,” he said.
However, he has insisted that at a time when citizens of Europe are in need of “sacrifices and” painful restrictions “due to the coronavirus pandemic, he hopes that the members of the European executive will be particularly vigilant when it comes to compliance national regulations go regional “.