Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Ceisteanna (155)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

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]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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.