Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Ceisteanna (30)

Micheál Martin


30. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Taoiseach the phone calls and meetings he had to discuss the position that the European Commissioner from Ireland will hold for the next five years. [32785/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Taoiseach)

I confirmed on 9 July, following the Government meeting that morning, my intention to nominate Phil Hogan for a second term as Ireland’s member of the European Commission. His re-nomination is an endorsement of his work to date, and an indication of the importance we place on our engagement with EU institutions.

The allocation of portfolios in the new Commission will be a matter for the new Commission President.

On 12 July I spoke with Ursula von der Leyen to congratulate her on her nomination by the European Council for President of the European Commission. In our short conversation I looked forward to having a future opportunity to brief her on Ireland's concerns on Brexit, and to discuss with her the future organisation of the new Commission and the role of the Irish Commissioner within it, after her election in the European Parliament.