Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (155)

Micheál Martin


155. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will report on the process leading to the future Commissioner for Ireland. [28208/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The nomination of the Irish Commissioner to serve as a member of the next College of Commissioners will be taken by the Taoiseach and Government in due course.

The European Council will propose a candidate for President of the Commission who will then be elected by the European Parliament. I would expect the new President of the Commission to begin working with Member States who will designate Commission nominees from their countries.

I expect this process of consultation will take place over the Summer months in order for the new President to build up a team and for all the Commissioners-designate to attend hearings in the European Parliament in September/October, prior to the Parliament's own vote of consent.