Irishman set to tackle Trump and Brexit as European Union trade commissioner

Margrethe Vestager

Margrethe Vestager

He said the awarding of the values and transparency portfolio represented a show of trust by Ms. von der Leyen.

"I think it is very important to have together a very good free trade agreement because I think it will be determining the good relations we want to have in the future", von der Leyen said.

She announced that the current European Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Johannes Hahn in the new EC, would be in charge of the administration.

"He knows the hard issues we face", she added.

The new college will have eight vice-presidents, including the high-representative of the European Union for foreign policy and security policy (Josep Borrell).

But there was ridicule and outrage over the appointment of a commissioner to protect the European Way of Life, who will also be responsible for upholding the rule-of-law, migration and internal security across the bloc, which will be 27 member nations after Britain leaves the EU.

Von der Leyen, a former German defence minister, said the plans would benefit the US -led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance to which many European Union states belong, adding: "NATO will always be (our) collective defence".

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Mariya Gabriel has been a European Commissioner since July 2017, holding the Digital Economy and Society portfolio.

The nomination must be ratified by the European Parliament.

Finland's Jutta Urpilainen will assume the charge of worldwide partnerships.

To do so, Timmermans will have to work hand-in-hand with the youngest of the commissioners, Lithuanian Virginijus Sinkevičius who is in charge of the "environment and oceans" portfolio - as well as with the commissioner for agriculture (Janusz Wojciechowski), health (Rovana Plumb), transport (Rovana Plumb), energy (Elisa Ferreira) or cohesion policies (Elisa Ferreira). She will also be responsible for the new Directorate-General for Defense Industry and Space.

The EU knows that China has to make certain changes, Hogan added, but said that Trump's actions were cleary not improving the economic situation in either the United States or China. Now it is up to the European Parliament to question the proposed candidates for the new Commission in detail.

The list of Commissioners-designate has to be agreed now by the European Council, and the European Parliament needs to give its consent to the new European Commission for 2019-2024 as a whole.

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